Building a self-organizing and sustainable Communities of Practice by WorkingOutLoud!

In any large scale Agile transformation journey, it is very important to build and sustain continuous improvement culture. What choices are available beyond regular retrospectives and Inspect & Adapt workshops to identify and address improvement opportunities in a systematic approach?

Communities of Practice help create a forum for interested individuals to learn from each other and external resources like eminent speakers, video recordings, books, etc. However, many learnings through these Communities of Practice activities very often doesn't always get converted into practical immediate to short term application. Therefore, the participating individuals gradually loose their interest in such COPs and within in a short time span, such COP initiative meets with its natural end. This leads the COP champions (or promoters, which typically would be Agile Coaches in cases of Agile Transformations) to wonder: what could be done to create an self-organizing environment for continuous improvement that yields tangible results to individuals and their teams/organization?

Above questions were encountered by us in our current Agile transformation engagement and in response, we discovered the WorkingOutLoud concept from John Stepper. This model sounded like a perfect opportunity to experiment with our attempt to build a self-organizing and sustainable Community of Practice to promote continuous improvement culture at the overall organization level. In this talk, we shall share our approach and learnings from this experiment.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • What is a Community of Practice (COP)?
  • Why Communities of Practice initiatives generally fail to sustain beyond initial few months?
  • What is WorkingOutLoud (WOL)?
  • COPs & WOL - our approach of applying 12 weeks of WOL to COPs
  • Learnings from our experiments

Learning Outcome

Participants will understand how to use structured and innovative learning approach to build Communities of Practice in a more sustainable way which provides better momentum for organization level Agile transformations.

Target Audience

Agile coaches, senior leaders in the organization, managers, scrum masters, developers, testers etc.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants should have some knowledge of agile ways of working. However, the core learnings can be easily applied to non-agile teams and organizations too.

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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