Lifting off: using play to build a better beginning

Better teams create better outcomes.  A liftoff (as described in the book Liftoff by Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies) at the outset of a new endeavour helps teams set the stage for betterness by cocreating a shared understanding of purpose, establishing alignment and understanding the context of the work they will do together.  While the activities to include in a Lift Off will vary according to team and context, the practice of Agile Chartering - collaboratively developing a lightweight yet effective roadmap for the project and the team - is key to aligning and inspiring people to do better work together.

The purpose of an Agile Chartering workshop is to give all stakeholders of a project a voice and the opportunity to co-create a common understanding of the project dynamics, its purpose and context. It creates co-ownership of the project within the project team and thereby higher commitment to the project goals.

In this workshop, we will explore the objectives of Agile Chartering and foster  a playful approach to doing this work. We'll talk about what kinds of games can be used to cocreate Purpose, Alignment and Context with a team, and run at least one game that can be used for each of the elements of an Agile Charter

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Overview of Agile Chartering
  • Purpose - establishing a common vision and a clear mission
    • using gamestorming to identify the mission and mission tests
  • Alignment - identifying shared values and principles, and creating a working agreement
    • using LEGO Serious Play to create a team working agreement
  • Context - understanding the boundaries of the work and the team
    • using Story Cubes for building a prospective analysis

Learning Outcome

After participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

1. Explain the importance of the purpose-alignment-context to accelerating teamwork.

2. Describe the benefits of Agile Chartering to my team and various stakeholders.

3. Suggest games that can be used to cocreate an Agile Charter with your team.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Managers

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