How to internalise agile practices, how to make them your own

Innovation distribution curve and crossing the chasm ( copyrights)
  • No document is the source of truth (only the small story)
  • Business must be involved during the whole development process
  • The team owns more responsibility on the delivery and a clear global knowledge of the direction and status is fundamental.
  • by making sure each story has “enough” information for the team
  • by making sure business is always present and able to provide a continuous cooperation during the process
  • by recognising the effort and feedback from each team member, making sure cross teams dialogue exist
Shuhari in Japanese (wikimedia)
  • shu (守) “protect”, the stage of copying the technique and learning to do it exactly the way one has been taught
  • ha (破) “detach”, the stage of making changes (changes which follow the original theory) to suit one’s own needs and specific characteristics
  • ri (離) “break away”, the stage when one has mastered the knowledge and technique
  • Shu: First of all the team should schedule the ceremony at a regular rhythm. To begin with try to use one of the most popular techniques to run the retrospective with the “Start, Stop and Continue” solution, try to replicate the rules and suggestions as explained, creating a communication and identifying steps for the following weeks.
  • Ha: The team is now progressing with the communication, the feedback and there is an improvement in their environment/process by following the agreed steps, but the team participation and the overall energy level could be better. So, start introducing different technics, try the “Good, Bad, Better, Best” or the “I like, I wish, I wonder”. Continues for some time and keep experimenting with various solutions or challenge the team in different ways.
  • Ri: The team has moved away from the original “by the book” structure of their retrospective, it is now a more flow of information and feedback that everyone finds useful, using their unique working solution. It is effective, impactful, and adapts easily to the situation the team is facing identifying and reviewing actions taken or to be taken.
  • Researching a bit more into shu-ha-ri concept, I’ve realise that Piaget’s theory of cognitive development has similar steps, here the wikipedia link if you are interested
  • Shuhari is not a unique concept for Shorinji Kempo, but a common Japanese martial art concept (wikipedia link).




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Andrea Gigante

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Agile practitioner, security fanatic, coffee addict, sci-fi fan, chess lover, Linux/Android user, Shorinji Kempo enthusiast.

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