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Three Simulations in One 45 Min Sprint

Posted on October 13, 2015 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

We run 45 minute "sprints" where pairs choose a kata to work on using ping-pong or pilot-navigator pairing, and follow each sprint with a short retrospective. For this exercise I ask everyone to agree on a single language, or choose from among two languages that everyone is OK with, and a single non-trivial kata, i.e. everyone solving the same problem. We also use to level the playing field for all as regards an IDE.
1. Start a timer after everyone has sorted…

"Enabling constraints"

Posted on September 2, 2015 at 5:22pm 0 Comments

Reading a tweet by @mattbarcomb led me to this post: "Enabling constraints are about opening possibilities by limiting choices." a short read. #CodeRetreat facilitators use this, and have fun doing it!

Also, "Constraints that Enable Innovation - Alicia Juarrero"Alicia Juarrero, Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Prince George’s…


Self Orgnizing Team #2 - Footballs

Posted on July 20, 2015 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

Below is a handout that was given at the beginning of the day. A second handout was given just after lunch. Together they define an exercise designed to require teams to work out and demonstrate these skills:

  1. Self organization of teams when given full reign (and full responsibility).
  2. How to work with what you're given, even when extremely sparse.
  3. How to deliver iteratively (MVP).
  4. How to keep parts of the solution decoupled from one…

Self Organizing Team(s) Exercise

Posted on July 9, 2015 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

The following are instructions handed out to participants at a recent workshop I ran. The stated goals of the exercise are to create a micro-service based calculator, a patently absurd goal. The real purpose of the exercise is the allow the attendees to learn for themselves how to self organize, providing only as much guidance as proves necessary. The results are described below the handout.

<begin handout>

Welcome to ICC, Incremental Calculator Corp.…


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