Jorge Luis Castro Toribio - Will gamification and divergence-convergence approach improve OKR definition?

What is the background situation/context for your probe?

OKR definition is not easy for majority of people specially because it demands a clear vision of and a business strategy. I have noticed that in most of the OKRs sessions that I have took part, managers and employees get stuck and blank some times trying to identify how their work supports company goals. They see those goals quite far from they day to day and it makes OKRs definition more complicated. In the other hand, when upper managers get into a tradittional OKR workshop they face the challenge to agree witht the others managers about what is morre important due most of the times they are looking for silos goals. All of this comes with a too much complicated explanation of OKRs instead of making it easy for people.

What is (or has been) your hypothesis?

Use gamification and a flowable session makes easy to design and identify OKRs, we starts from divergence to convergence. Gamification helps whatever learning and people engagement process due it can make something totally boring enjoyable for anyone. Regarding some stats from US people  anyone can be a gamer, and it is not only about video games, it is about all type of games due it is part of our human behaviour

What is the experiment you would like to run (or you have run) and how can this experiment validate or invalidate your hypothesis?

Introducing gamification and divergence-convergence approach into a OKR workshop will make OKR definition easier and more flowable. I would like to measure 3 things at the end of the session:  % of OKRs set by team comparing to the innitial goal of the team, second, I will test how OKR mastery team get during the workshop in terms of practical knowledge so I wil share a business cases that they will solve, and third time, I will compare how much time they took to define an okr before and compare

Is there a specific skill/technique you would like to learn/explore at this coach camp?

Upper managers from traditional organizacion based on jerarquias and command-control get stuck when they need to make agreements and define OKRs

Call for Papers CLOSED
Ended on Jan 25 '20 05:29 AM IST

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It's been 12 Years and almost 110 viral Agile Coach Camps since our very first coach camp experiment. This year, Coach Camp co-creator Naresh Jain along with Jutta Eckstein and John Buck will lead participants in this Coach Camp in Bangalore, organized as part of the Agile India 2020 Conference.

Coach Camp Theme

As a coach, you're often the one who needs to drive and sustain change. Yet, how do you do this? What has helped and hindered you doing so and how can you best pass your experience on to other coaches or how can you best learn from other coaches?

This is the theme for this year's coach camp. To tackle this challenge, we invite you to try something new:

  • Currently, we face the following situation: Constantly driving change is getting more and more important for companies to survive in this VUCA world. At the same time, it is (or should be) the core skill of every coach – no matter if you coach individuals, teams, or organisations. However, sometimes it seems every coach has to come up with her own experience on how to drive change successfully.
  • Our hypothesis is that for driving change, every coach uses so-called probes, that are defined by small, safe-to-fail experiments based on hypotheses derived from reflection on the current situation as well as on theory. So, probing allows discovering (based on the hypothesis) what's working and what is not through one or several experiments. This allows to make sense of both the current situation but even more important of the situation we are aiming for. And if we create a knowledge base of our collective wisdom on probes we used (or intend to use) we can learn from each other.
  • Therefore, as an experiment we want to invite this year's coach camp participants to jointly discover, share, create, improve, and finally publish probes that help(ed) driving and sustaining change. As in a typical coach camp, we will use the Open Space format to explore different topics for driving change and we invite you to use probes to focus the discussions on these different topics. We anticipate as a result that the discovered and created probes will provide a foundation for such a knowledge base.

Registering for the Coach Camp

The coach camp is free of charge (financially) yet, for registration we ask you for the following:

  • Please click on the Add Paper button and submit your position paper. In your position paper, you will be asked to share an idea for a probe, consisting of a background situation (context), a hypothesis, and an experiment. This can be a probe you've implemented before, one you've discovered/heard of others implementing it, or you intend to implement. The probe should focus on the coach camp's theme: Driving Change.
  • The discussed probes provide a basis for a free and publicly accessible knowledge base.

Final Note

Please note, we want to invite you to use probes for the discussion and recording of the Open Space sessions. This is by no means an enforcement. We are well aware that there might be situations where probes are not the right means for discussing or/and recording a particular topic - and that is of course fine. After all, using probes for this coach camp is a probe in itself (and we are open to possibly invalidate our hypothesis.)