Some teams are struggling with re-enforcing behaviors and can’t seem to find why they can’t find the cause. If teams seem unable to reach the goal for their iteration, it’s good to go hunting for root causes. The 5 why’s technique was formally developed in the 1930s by Sakichi Toyoda, one of the fathers of the Japanese industrial revolution. Here is a new take in combination with Liberating Structures that addresses some of the 5 why’s criticisms.
And then comes that time of the year again, where we look back at a slightly more turbulent year than expected, but with a lot of plans and expectations for the year to come! The team is now starting to take some time to rest and renew in the company of their families, but not before wishing all of our friends, colleagues, Co-Friends, Co-Workers and Co-Companies all the best for this Holiday Season.
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.
DISCLAIMER: I'm a Trekkie, married to a Warsie, so the science fiction and space opera genres are part of my life. If you haven't seen any of the Star Wars movies, I truly do recommend them and specifically in this order: 4-5-6-1-2-7. There is no episode 3. (Just kidding). Episode 8 will be in theatres by the end of 2017.
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.