And This One Time at Agile Camp... Make your AgileDC Learnings Actionable!
With the success of regional agile conferences, more and more attendees show up with the desire to learn new Agile practices. Unfortunately, our brains are wired to forget most of the stuff we pick up at those conferences. Within one week most of us will forget 90% of what we learned at AgileDC. But using Brain Science, this workshop counteracts that effect by contextualizing “cool things” you picked up with real-world outcomes, putting the learner into the teacher role, and establishing follow up partnerships to reinforce learnings.
The common question many have after a day or two of sessions is what to do with all of these learnings. While some presentations have key takeaways worth implementing on their own, many of the concepts could be used in conjunction with others. The brainstorming principle of combining and refining might apply to the sessions we attend.
- Crowdsource techniques/practices/concepts they remember from the day (don’t worry about if you don’t remember it exactly).
- Create a Learning Canvas to experiment on.
- Dry-run execution of technique/practice/concepts and enhance it in a safe space.
- Form actionable partnerships for support in the real world.
Outline/Structure of the Workshop
This workshops heavily focuses on learning by doing & experimentation and reinforces all four TBR Connecting aspects. By having the participants contextualize what they’ve learned prior to demonstration strengthens the connection of the learner to their personal goals and the topic as well as makes it a concrete practice.
For maximum effect, this workshop needs to be at the last slot in the conference.
Here's the flow:
-Light introduction of Brain Science - 5 min
-Discuss Rules for Safety/Learning, Introduce Teach-Reinforce-Enhance .
-Technique brain-dump. Participants will spend a few minutes brain-dumping the techniques/practices/concepts they remember from the sessions along with outcomes they hope to gain from them. 5 min
- Participants will create a canvas of techniques/practices/concepts and outcomes contextualized with the space that they want to apply it in (e.g. I/WE/IT/ITS). 3 min.
- Participants will refine techniques/practices/concepts on the canvas. 5 minutes.
-Participants will decide what they want to take back and Teach-Reinforce-Enhance it in groups of 3-4
- Teach-Reinforce-Enhance 15 minutes --Teach. One member does a teach-back of a given technique against a potential topic/problem area shown earlier 5 minutes -- Reinforce. Listeners write on a flip chart observations as an individual is presenting on “How this could be applied?” , “Where it fits best” or “What to look out for” -- Reinforce. After the teach back the group discusses the observations and ways to enhance. 5 minutes -- Enhance. Next member performs the teach back with an alteration to make the technique stronger 5 minutes.
- Pairing close. 5 minutes -- In closing learners will pair share with one individual a problem-solution fit they learned during the workshop.
- Closing Circle
- Strengthen the muscle memory by dry running a techniques/practices/concepts you heard during the conference on a psuedo real-life problem.
- Learn more techniques/practices/concepts from talks that you missed.
- Discover possible mesh points between concepts.
- Get constructive feedback on how to improve delivery of that technique/practice/concept via a Teach-Reinforce-Enhance framing structure
- After the Conference: Find out whether execution of those techniques worked as planned.
Agilists, coaches, scrum masters, influencers
Prerequisites for Attendees
Attend Agile DC