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.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

  • 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.

Prerequisite

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.

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  • Mallika S
    By Mallika S  ~  13 hours ago
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    Much needed topic. Eager to understand how WoL is going to help in this.

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  13 hours ago
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      We are also keen to share our experiment findings.

  • Praveen S
    By Praveen S  ~  14 hours ago
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    interesting to see how rather than discussions in COP , WOL can provide self motivated help, or guidance at ground level and bring in the feeling of oneness

     

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  13 hours ago
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      Yes, we are experimenting and results so far are awesome.

  • pushkar kale
    By pushkar kale  ~  13 hours ago
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    CoP is indeed a very good concept from SAFe. I am also including many such concepts in my workshops.

    This would be an interesting topic.

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  13 hours ago
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      Thanks Pushkar, appreciate it.

  • Saneet Naik
    By Saneet Naik  ~  14 hours ago
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    This seems very impressive. CoP is very much needed in the world that we live today.

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  14 hours ago
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      We are glad this topic interests you - appreciate your comment. Thank you.

  • Yajnaseni Neelabh
    By Yajnaseni Neelabh  ~  18 hours ago
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    The content look very impressive and many of us who are a part of CoPs in their organisations would be able to relate to it. CoP can be a great platform for learning and sharing if properly used. Hope your well researched proposal show them the correct way to get engaged. Good luck!

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  16 hours ago
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      Appreciate your response. It's not only researched but we are also experimenting it right now :)

      It is WIP - Work In Progress

  • SHIVAPRAKASH H.B.
    By SHIVAPRAKASH H.B.  ~  1 day ago
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    Thank you Prashant, Now a days essential topic in Agile world. 

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  1 day ago
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      Appreciate your comments sir, looking forward to see you on the event day.

  • Ankur Mistry, Certified ScrumMaster®, CSP®
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    Thanks, Prashant much-needed stuff.

    • Prashant Shinde
      By Prashant Shinde  ~  2 days ago
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      We are glad that this topic interests you. Appreciate your comment.


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