"To know, is good. To live, is better. To be, that is perfect." - The Mother

During the Agile adoption, its a common complain that many team in many organizations get caught up in the ceremonies or mechanics of Agile and fail to understand/appreciate the true value and spirit of Agile. And because of this, the original intent of the Agile movement itself is lost. This is a serious issue!

This workshop will highlight, a well-proven approach to transformation (not adoption) and show the distinct steps in this journey that an individual or a collective goes through when learning anything new. Activities, serving as examples, in the workshop, will focus to show the journey - that is, how to begin with rituals, then gradually move to practices, arriving at principles and eventually internalizing the values. Witnessing this gradual process of transformation will help participants discover for themselves their current progression. We hope this will serve as a guiding light during their Agile journey.

Finally, we will leave the participants to ponder upon and discover for themselves their ideals in life and work as this is not only applicable to software development, but also to any discipline where humans are involved, including life itself.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

To help the participants understand the progression from rituals to values, we'll take 4 common XP/Scrum practices [TDD, Daily Stand-up, User Stories and Retrospective] and show the journey from rituals to practices to principles and finally to values for each of them.

This is a hands-on session, which means the participants will actually take part in this journey. (To hear, is good. To see, is great. But to experience, is priceless.)

  • TDD's journey from rituals to values [15 mins]
    • Demo of a very ritualistic way of doing TDD [3 mins]
    • Participants help us to move away from the ritual and see the real TDD in practice [3 mins]
    • Another demo of what TDD would look like, if we focused on the core principles behind TDD [3 mins]
    • Finally a glimpse of what TDD would look like, if we focused on the core values behind TDD [3 mins]
    • Recap of the journey and its importance
  • Stand-up's journey from rituals to values [15 mins]
    • Demo of a very ritualistic way of conducting stand-up [3 mins]
    • Participants help us to move away from the ritual and see the actual stand-up practice [3 mins]
    • Another demo of what a stand-up would look like, if we focused on the core principles behind the stand-up [3 mins]
    • Finally a glimpse of what a stand-up would look like, if we focused on the core values behind the stand-up [3 mins]
    • Recap of the journey and its importance
  • Similar break-up for User Stories and Retrospective (15 mins each) [30 mins]
  • Recap - Definition of rituals, practices, principles and values [10 mins]
  • Finally define ideals and map them to values. [10 mins]
  • Q & A [10 mins]

Learning Outcome

  • A realization that transformation is a journey from rituals to values.
  • Clear delineation between Rituals, Practices, Principles and Values.
  • What are Ideals and how they map to values.

We hope that it would leave the participants inspired enough to introspect the values they live or ideals they manifest. We expect the participants to go back to work and reflect upon their journey from rituals to value in their work context and refine their approach.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in understanding the true meaning of Agile - Scrum Masters, Developers, Testers, Business Analyst, Product Owners, Agile Coaches, Managers , CxOs



schedule Submitted 7 years ago

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