Agile Open Northwest kicked off this morning, and the whole Agile Learning Labs crew is here. Chris hosted a session called “An Experiential Intro to Agile” in the first time slot. Sixteen folks new to agile gathered and we quickly discovered a common theme: participants were about to join agile teams, but didn’t know what to expect. Out came the rubber balls and we dove into the Self-Organizing Ball game.
The topics that this surfaced included:
- The value of short iterations to to allow productive “trial and error”
- How effective retrospectives generate continuous improvement
- Time-boxing can push a group towards productive chaos, while protecting it from prolonged unproductive chaos.
- The way a shared goal can unite a team, and focus the energy and self-organization
It was a lot of fun, and a good start to one of my favorite conferences.