Ralph and I often work with teams who would like to implement Scrum or other frameworks that fit within an agile mindset. You can implement this bottom down: Management decides they would like to use Scrum as a framework. Another approach is bottom up. One or more software development teams learned about Scrum, and they decided they want to start implementing it. Implementing Scrum, or any agile methodology for that matter, is a big change for any organization. It will take years in large organizations to implement.
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I'm sure a lot of you who aren't native English speakers might be wondering what a brown bag session is, so let's start with that. The brown bag refers to the brown paper bag traditionally used to bring a sandwich or other lunch items. To complete the reference, a brown bag session is therefore a short (usually 1 hour) session over lunch or light dinner during which a specific topic can be presented or discussed.
I recently attended some events where talks on different subjects brought the audience to specific puzzle pieces of understanding on how complex adaptive systems perform best, especially taking into consideration the human factor.
The first talk was at an event hosted by Lego®, where Pedro De Bruyckere did a talk about "How play changed the world (and vice versa)".
In a previous article, I’ve talked about an elegant experiment from 1962 we’ve re-done.
At the moment of writing this article, we’ve completed 2 dry runs: One with a small group of students, and one bigger group of agile coaches, managers and scrum masters.
We got plenty of feedback, and improvement is on its way.
Lately I discovered an interesting experiment described in a book about transparency by Warren Bennis. It was not that much in detail, but the references -as in all good reads- were well mentioned.
The experiment we’re talking about was done in 1962 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.