What does Sir Francis Bacon's scientific method (1620) have to do with lean-agile? When was The Agile Manifesto written? What lean-agile stuff happened in Japan after WW2? What is "complexity" and why is it even a thing?

Sometimes, to know where we are, it helps to look at where we've been. Agile didn't just arrive fully formed, it's a dynamic process that is unfolding over time. People, thoughts and events have come together and gone off on trajectories. We're all part of that here today.

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, come along and contribute to this variation on the classic "Timeline" retrospective. There are no wrong answers. We'll learn from each other and build a chronological map of our field over time.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Hands on Session

After a brief intro, we'll go straight to Post-It notes and sharpies in a way that will probably be familiar from your Retros with teams.

  • Take 5 minutes to write down some key historical events or people that may have contributed to how we got where we are so far with Agile
  • Taking turns, but with support and contributions from the whole group, we'll put them on the wall in a timeline, grouping and explaining things to each other as we go
  • We'll keep an eye on the clock so that when we finish, we will have built a timeline of agile

Learning Outcome

To borrow from Diana Larsen and Esther Derby, this workshop is a data gathering exercise that will:

  • Stimulate memories of what happened to get us where we are
  • Create a picture of the work from many perspectives
  • Examine assumptions about who did what when
  • See patterns or when energy levels changed

This exercise will throw up things we'll want to learn more about. Maybe it will prompt some participants to dive more deeply into particular topics and will make for some more discussions and workshops in the future.

Target Audience

Agile practitioners at all levels of expertise can contribute.

Prerequisites for Attendees

There are no pre-requisites. We can Google things we don't know - like dates.

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