"None of us is as great as all of us"
It isn't something big business likes to talk much about as they continue to double-down on the co-located, physically present model. The reality is those very same executives go back to their desks, and jump on conference calls to rightly conduct the majority of their work-day, remotely.
Just because you drive into work each day, doesn't mean you are co-located any more.
Fortunately with recent improvements in technology, we can share screens and co-work, in a distributed way, really really well.
The physical Agile Dojo starts with facilities and the remodeling of some space withing your organization.
The physical Dojo Agile REQUIRES that all participants fly-in and live together 6-Weeks at a time, away from their families, and still burdened with business as usual work that is now even harder to tend to. The physical Agile Dojo requires highest paid consultants to also travel into the Dojo space, often flying in and out each week.
After spending so much time, energy and effort standing up a traditional Agile Dojo it is really hard to honor the first year of learning. The business wants, and deserves clear answers to the value proposition that Dojo's aren't designed to provide until they have been in operation a while.
It take's about 2 weeks to get started over the
1-2 year ramp up required for traditional
Each team member gets to use their own equipment, in the comforts of their current working locations.
You are always working with the same coach or coaches through-out your 6-week challenges vs. all the rotation that tends to occur in a traditional Dojo setting.
The remote and distributed product or project team doesn't have to travel and everything they learn and practice will be remote first and easy to continue after each Dojo Challenge.
Costs are a very tiny fraction of what is required for a Traditional Dojo.
There are many things that make the Agile Dojo unique. Most of those we can replicate in the Online model, some are harder and many more are made easier or even possible because of the unique nature of the remote first approach.
Each 6-Week Dojo Challenge is different. Some groups have found that despite their best efforts they still struggle to meet deadlines, struggle with quality issues in code, struggle with morale and energy issues, struggle to migrate the cloud or meet other improvement or market goals.
Most businesses didn't start out as engineering companies and have found a hard time using traditional leadership, management, project planning and employee retention strategies in this age of creative work, remote work force, and technology.
Each 6-Week challenge follows the same format.
Week 1: Starts with a discovery workshop to setup the success criteria for the challenge, on-board the participants and situate the simulation within the team and company project and development tools.
Week's 2 - 5: Each week consists of daily team stand ups, daily team of team standups, daily leadership mastermind standups, end of week celebrations, retrospectives, planning and backlog grooming sessions.
The sessions are also accompanied by a series of continually repeating surveys, open (potentially anonymous) feedback models, hands on technical coaching, hands on business process coaching, and organizational development.
Week 6: Ends with a series of assessments, discovery workshop to identify and decide what of the past 5 weeks we want to continue on as we close the Dojo a little, or a lot, changed.
The Agile Dojo is a full-time, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day commitment. Teams bring their real world work into the Dojo, but a reduction of working speed is applied so we can all better look at each moving part required to find those small improvements that will bring about the greatest gains.
Above all, the Agile Dojo is where local passions, talents and energies already on the team, and in the organization grow and new habits such as the real way to do daily stand ups, conduct more productive meetings, share useful unburdened backlogs, and work together towards the greatest wins take hold.
Anything about the last year or two you wish the team or organization could improve upon?
2-Week Agile Dojo: Product Workshop
6-Week Agile Dojo: General Discovery Challenge
6-Week Agile Dojo: Agile with Remote Teams Challenge
6-Week Agile Dojo: Better Estimates, Planning and Project Execution Challenge
6-Week Agile Dojo: Modernizing our Development Stack Challenge
6-Week Agile Dojo: Migrating to the Cloud Challenge
Let us know the details on your project, or whatever it is you're hoping to accomplish. We'll let you know if it's something we can help with. We look forward to hearing from you!
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