I moved this post to my new blog
I have moved this blog post to my new blog:
I was afraid that people would not show up or walk away. They did show up and instead of people walking of, more people joined.
(To be exact some people warned me up front they would not be able to play for 3 hours as they had to catch a plane.)
The fact that people stayed to finish the game, reminded me of the edition at the first XP Day Paris,
where the players refused to go to the closing note of the XP day. They preferred to hear all their colleagues remarks.
We have already played this to a lot of different people, like medical students. This was the first time, we had a minor playing the game. And a courageous one too. Kevin volunteered to be one of the coaching leaders. Unfortunately he had to leave before the feedback. Which is one of he most important part of the game (especially for the leaders.). Anyway it took a lot of guts to do that which a bunch of hard headed geeks.
This is also the first time that people used the internet to look up pictures of the monument they wanted to build.
Open Jam was a nice place to play this, the enthusiasm of the players attracts more players. The bad thing is that there was too much noise in the Open Jam for the meetings and the retrospective part of the game. Anyway I was happy with this edition of the game and I received nice feedback from people I have big respect for.
My three questions:
1 What have I finished yesterday.
2 What do I commit to finish today
3 Where do I need help?
==>So these are a little bit different as the ones from Jean.
I don’t make the link between what I promised yesterday and what I have done yesterday. Because it might be that I have done something totally different. If it is there is a smell. I could answer her question and not talk about other stuff I have done. (Difficult to know Jean’s idea in a 4 minute video).
My question also does not tackle the smell directly. It does offer the team to react if what is said yesterday and today is not in sync.
With 2, I completely agree with Jean. It’s about commitment, not just about what will I try to do. I’ m only interested in what you want to finish today.
My 3 is bigger then Jean’s. I don’t need to be stuck to need help. Actually I want team members to ask quicker for help. Before they actually get stuck.
Also it avoids the difficult definition of ‘stuck’. (Some people only see them selfs stuck when they don’t find a solution for a week…)
Next to that I agree completely with Jean. If you want more advice like that, read her great book about facilitating an agile team: