Working on the Agile Clock at #openbiko

Agile clock: A workshop about agile principles

In the last couple of weekends I’ve had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop in a couple of events. One with university students interested in learning a little bit more about agile (Agile University Day — Euskadi 2015) and another in an open space organized by a tech company that uses agile methodologies in their day to day activities (#openbiko).

An agile clock in all it’s splendor

I wanted to do something interactive and easily applied both to students new to the agile world and professionals with years of agile experience, so I found a workshop that focused on the basics, because I think that getting the chance to discuss the agile principles is always a good idea.

Searching through the many resources of the great learning website TastyCupcakes I found a simple workshop that met my needs, the Agile Clock.

Agile Clock

The idea behind this workshop is to get the opportunity to discuss about the agile principles and analyze what they actually mean.

It’s a group dynamic where the participants get organized in teams of 5 people and each group has to create an agile clock.

Stuff

  • Agile manifesto + principles printout (1 for each team)
  • A flip chart for each team
  • Plenty of standard sized postits (because agile)

How to

  • 20 minutes
  • 12 principles
  • 3 words

Each team has to draw a big clock in their flip chart sheet and place one postit for each of the principles with no more than 3 words for each in 20 minutes. Additionally if you can take up to 30 minutes you can ask them to add a second postit for each principle with a graphic representation of it.

During the exercise you should help the teams in any way they need, explaining some of the principles or telling them how the other teams are doing it really good, to boost their creativity [optional].

Conclusion

After all the teams are done, make sure to put all the clocks in a visible place and let them some time to take a look at them. This would the the moment to discuss about the principles, asking the participants if they found something unusual or particularly hard and what impressions they have gotten from the exercise.

Interesting graphical representations

This discussion is the most interesting part of the workshop. Hearing the insight about the principles both from novels and experienced agilists it’s been really enriching. And of course if you poke them a little bit to be creative with their drawings it can be really funny too.

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