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When most organisations start their agile tranformation, they probably have more than one coach running around. Once the initial spark starts to catch on, they often want to speed up the transformation. Endless hiring of more agile coaches is not really a sustainable way to scale and on top of that it hardly secures the culture change.
During a company wide transformation all teams and parts of the organisation will learn at their own pace, have their own challenges and run different experiments. On the other hand they are all operating within the same system and can learn a lot from each other. To avoid inventing the wheel over and over again for every single instance, we need a way to bring all their knowledge together.
In order to make sure as external coach you can secure the value you brought and leave the company again, you'll need to facilitate this. In this session I'll share a visualization tool which helps the organisation see how mature teams are and where they can learn from each other.
Since the dawn of mankind people have shared information by telling stories. By saying they had a dream normal people were able to inspire others, by sharing their stories leaders are able to rally whole nations, by telling stories your kids fall asleep and you have the evening to yourself.
In lots of forms and different contexts, stories have proven to be very powerful. That's why it is one of the best ways for teams to share and discuss things. During introductions a personal story makes people remember and relate to what one said. When reflecting (during retrospectives) a story told through one's eyes makes it clear it's their opinion and perception, making other less critical and thus more respectful. During brainstorms stories make for compelling user journeys to rally people behind your idea.
During this session Jordann will show and use a simple storytelling framework which you can use to facilitate all kinds of sessions. The examples above of introductions, retrospectives and brainstorms are just the beginning once you get started. Let Jordann help you put the fun in functional!
Black Stories are ‘scary’ riddles where someone died in a mysterious manner and the players have to find out what happened by asking the right questions. The most obvious reason is never the solution, so the players will have to use lateral thinking to get to the answer.
As a summer camp coach Jordann played a lot of Black Stories with kids. He soon began to see patterns in their thinking and acting. The kids which joined the Black Stories multiple times, were often the ones who got better at thinking out of the box. They started asking ‘out of context’ questions which would often get the group a step closer to the solution.
He figured since these mental mechanisms work on kids, they would surely work on grown-ups! So as a Scrum master Jordann started using Black Stories to kick off meetings where creativity was crucial to get the best output (isn’t any meeting?), within Scrum mainly the refinement and the sprint planning.
The results were noticeable, even by the people themselves. :) It also had a nice side-effect: people looked forward to the meetings and everyone would be strict on time, both things which weren’t always the case before. Let Jordann help you put the fun in functional!