[My] Lego4Scrum Workshop Experience

First I have to give credit to the creator of this interestingly fun and engaging activity, Alexey Krivitsky and second, one of my Agile practice mentors Brad Black as he was the one who confirmed that LegoForScrum is a good option for simulating the Scrum Framework during a workshop.

Today , I have some free time and I thought about sharing with you 3 things I’ve realized after conducting the workshop.

  1. It’s important to remember that before starting any coaching activity such as a “workshop” , you have to have enough knowledge about the dynamics of the team you will be working with. Enough knowledge doesn’t mean you’ve done some research about two or three days before the workshop will commence or that you’ve solicited a feedback from someone of senior role who used to work with the team you will be speaking to. When I said enough knowledge I meant to say -enough experience with the team. So one thing I’ve realized is ,when you have that enough experience with them, you can easily tap into that and use that as a fuel to drive training activities or draw out relevant questions the team members may have and it will also enable you, the facilitator ,to tailor fit your workshop’s format to the organization’s specific needs. Before I conducted this event, I had the opportunity to work with the team for 2 projects. I was working as a consultant project manager not necessarily doing Agile and this experience helped me understand how things work within the organization and how teams would like to work to become a better team in the future.
  2. If you are the facilitator and you will be a part of the Scrum Simulation activity, it’s okay to not to make the activities “uber” perfect. It’s good that I was able to prepare enough material but to expect everything is going to be perfect as we go along is a no no . I said that because during the first part of the activity (by the way if you’ve read the book Lego4Scrum, activity 1 or the first part was designed so the teams will fail) all team members were doing really well , they know how to work together and I was worried because neither of the teams failed and I thought I was failing the point of the workshop at some point. Good thing , I was quick to remember that the book also said we can tweak the Lego4Scrum activity so I thought about changing activity 2 and decided not to go as originally planned and so the expected “failure” did happen, at least I thought it did.

3. I realized that my decision to get the company’s general manager be involved and be a part of the simulation activity was a good one. Why? Oh yeah, because I got to rest a bit specially on the second part of the activity haha , just kidding . This was a good move I feel because she represents the whole of the organization .To hear her speak in front and to let her answer the “Why- are we doing this workshop again ? “ actually set the tone and gave clarity to the overall mission and vision of the company. I honestly love working with an organization who is clear about their direction and really strives hard to work with people who are willing to work with them to achieve success. No matter how big or small an organization is, I feel that having a sense of “clear direction ” speaks so much of how serious they are on what they are doing and to me that means they are going to be in for the long haul.

And to wrap up, the event was really nice. I only did not share what I can as an Agile-Scrum practitioner during the workshop , I was also able to learn a lot from the team and the organization as a whole. There’s so much I wanted to say but I want to keep this blog post short and show you what really happened instead.

Sharing with you some photos , Enjoy!

After a short talk from me and the general manager we proceeded with the time boxed activity.

Activity 1 :

Yes, we had our “bell-er” :)
I like this part, my dream city has a world changer already :)
Seriously, thinking hats in the house :) Not to mention the person standing on the right and I wonder, what was he thinking during this time ?

Interestingly, with the almost finished product built, as the Product Owner during Activity 1 , I was able to distinguish the “Designer team” vs the “Developer team “. Please note , that I had nothing to do with how they grouped themselves. They got “self-organization” concept right I must say.

Below is the Developer team’s “My Dream City” for Activity 1.

Quite messy and incomplete isn’t it? Heheheh , yeah , and they claimed that that is how developer’s think . Hmmn, I was a developer too more than a decade ago so alright, okay .. FINE!!!!

Below is the Designer team’s “My Dream City” for Activity 1.

As the product owner I have to say I was impressed at how they presented their work and how organized it looked. See my double smiley stickies there? That means I was pleased.

Activity 2 :

The (new) Product Owner listening to “Developer” team’s representative as she does the demo.
The (new) Product Owner listening to “Designer ” team’s representative as he does the demo.

More Photos !

.. and before I forget , I’d like to thank Sheldon for staying with me throughout the workshop :)

.. and of course Dice205 Co. ‘s development team, you did a good job and thank you for having kept an open mind during the entire workshop.

P.S If you’d like to know more about Lego4Scrum — you can head out to https://www.lego4scrum.com/ for more details. As for this workshop’s slide deck, it’s available via slide share, feel free to download here .

and as always, Talk Soon!

-d

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