Inviting people to take a walk outside is a deceptively simple and powerful tool for collaboration, for team-building, and for team health.  This workshop will explore different ways to take a walk, discuss typical Agile challenges which can be addressed by different kinds of walks, and report on some scientific studies of what changes physiologically after we’ve been for a walk outdoors.   And yes, those who are interested will actually go outdoors!

“Let’s go for a walk!” is an invitation that gets people thinking about the weather and connecting with the wider physical land and world where they work. Taking any kind of break from being indoors can inspire playfulness, creativity and memories of a shared experience. Well-guided walks can also provide a team with a common experience of absorbing new information as an ensemble through heightened observation and listening skills,  improved critical thinking, an appreciation of the importance of soliciting and connecting different perspectives. It meshes well with the mindset of an Agile Retrospective, and with a culture of ensuring every voice is heard.

Agile walks I’ve guided in the past include: a basic nature walk to understand the landscape surrounding a team’s place of work; a docent-style visit to a destination; a walk inspired by Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a method developed by the museum curator community to facilitate a conversation about a piece of art; and a walk with focus cards inspired by a design community event at VergeNYC.

Nature and artists have a lot to teach us -- getting ourselves to pay attention is the challenge, and simply taking a walk helps with that. 

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Indoor lecture and discussion for the first 50-60 minutes, after which we'll break into groups to go outdoors on preplanned routes for the remaining 30-40 minutes.

 

Learning Outcome

Understand at least three different ways to guide a team or other set of collaborators on a focussed walk to address typical Agile adoption challenges.

Target Audience

Scrum Master, Scrum team members

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