Agile Monopoly: Flipping Park Place with an Agile Team

“Do Not Pass GO; Do Not Collect $200”

In a world where (individual) commissions are king, how do you convince a team of real estate agents to work together and leverage their strengths? How do you create the best construction team and show them the value of sticking together? Beer and pizza to the rescue, of course! Most importantly, how do you create a real estate organization that leverages agile principles and values from end to end? And why would you want to?

Agile is disrupting the real estate industry, and we’ve been on the leading edge. It’s been a messy journey, and our lessons learned are applicable across any industry. For example, if you think about the people you would invite to a bbq-- they would have characteristics very similar of team members you want to work with. We strive to create a environment where team members would feel like they are part of a real team vs a team only in namesake.

Learn how we create agility to achieve better results with our real estate investments. If you were ever curious about how to use agile in any industry, this is the session for you!


Outline/Structure of the Experience Report


Back Story: How it started

How it all started and the inspiration to bring IT and real estate worlds together.

Helping people find their motivation

Never take a one size fits all approach. Different approaches for agents vs construction crew.

The Agents - individual goals vs team goals

2 agents who were excited and 1 on the fence and almost 2 dozen straight forward said no to joining a scrum team.

what worked to turn things around.

Moving from individuals focused to team focused mindset.

The construction team

End to End Agility- agents to construction

Pizza and beer

Not a retro but rather pizza and bear.

Marketing upside down house

The struggles of marketing a house that otherwise would not make much profit. Where the cost ended up being more then the profit margin.


Learning Outcome

Attendees will leave this session having learned the following:

How to uncover and appeal to your audience's motivation

How to influence individuals to embrace the power of the team.

How to convince the toughest audience to get the most out of retrospectives.

How to use MVPs to make prioritization and investment decisions.

How to apply proven methods to increase revenue.

How to incorporate Agile into Real Estate, Marketing, and Sales.

Target Audience

Anyone who has interest in learning how agile is being used in other industries. Also it’s good for people who are interested in learning how to motivate team members.

Prerequisites for Attendees

None since anyone can benefit from this session. No prior knowledge required.


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  • Kemmy  Raji
    Kemmy Raji
    Agile Coach
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    Experience Report

    A scrum master's exhibits leadership style described in McGregor's theory X or Theory Y. The Scrum guide describes a Scrum Master as "responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide and they do this by helping everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values"- A servant- Leader. Servant-leadership focuses on collaboration, trust, empathy and the usage of power ethically.

    Servant-leadership is something lots of Scrum Masters struggle to balance. For some, they take that literarily and will often run after their team, while some still have the command-and-control mindset.

    Does you Scrum Master encourages collaboration among the teams or act as a gate keeper? Or perhaps your scrum master is the type that usually brings round the coffee and biscuits. Which is your scrum master? A postman, Seagull or Scrum Mum?

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    Kemmy Raji - Daily Scrum as a success driver for product delivery

    Kemmy  Raji
    Kemmy Raji
    Agile Coach
    schedule 2 years ago
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    60 Mins

    How many times have you heard the Development team recite the 3 questions every morning and still fail to finish the sprint? . Daily Scrum is an avenue for the team to synchronise and not give status update. And when a team understands the value of the Daily Scrum, it can help drive the sprint’s success. During this session we will introduce participants to some tools to achieve this.

    Development teams new to Scrum are introduced to a number of routine meetings that come with the framework. One of these is the Daily Scrum, or often referred to as the Daily Standup or Standup in short - a 15 mins timeboxed meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to synchronize the status of the development team and to do this in a short and focused manner. Sadly, the Daily Scrum becomes more of a status update.

    The team answers three questions or similar variance;

    • What did I do yesterday?
    • What will I do today?
    • And any impediment?

    But when the focus is on an individual’s performance (which is what the 3 questions are about), the team depends on individual team member to execute the work. Also, Individuals are focused on their own tasks with their own concerns and have little focus on the bigger picture.

    However, by varying the questions asked and setting daily achievable goals, the daily scrum could be used to drive the success of the sprint but most importantly, product delivery.

    The topic was formulated based on data gathered from working with Development teams (new and mature) over a period of time. I will be sharing data of before and after coaching the team on how to restructure and make their daily scrum productive.