I have tried to do this different ways, such as explaining your agile experience, rating your agile experience from 1 to 10 and also with human affinity maps. With all these ways however, I find that some attendees like to "think that they know it all" whilst others are too polite to be truly honest that they know quite a bit.
I spent a while thinking about how I could improve this experience for myself and my students, and, inspired by Build Your Own Scrum (a tool which I also use when coaching and teaching), I came up with Build Your Own Manifesto.
The rules are simple:
- Divide the group into small groups of no more than 3
- Give them the Build Your Own Manifesto handout - explain that 4 of the phrases are actually not needed.
- Give the groups 15-20 mins to construct what they believe to be the agile manifesto
- One group at a time, present back to the room
I find that this exercise is really useful for a number of reasons:
- It gets everyone in the room talking and importantly - collaborating!
- When I facilitate and walk the room, you hear some great discussion like "I thought agile was about not having a plan" or "There is no documentation in the agile world". I note all of these comments down to tackle throughout the session
- It clearly demonstrates to me people's knowledge of agile
- Helps people to feel in a safe environment when everyone presents back and not a single group has it word for word perfect.
You can download the Build Your Own Manifesto template that I use here.
It is basically the 4 values from the agile manifesto mixed up, with some additional red herrings in there - Instead of is included! This is a bit of fun and tends to provoke some healthy discussion and groans when the teams realise!
Please download and use this idea and let me know what you think, I would love to hear it!
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