Thursday, October 30, 2008

agile thought of the day

Continuous improvement and intentional work styles require us to continually evaluate what we're doing, whether it works well, and whether there's a better way. To me this means we need a constant flow of new ideas--and what better way is there than to delegate this out to the team? We've done this in several ways, all centered around slack time:
  • technical disucssions (each iteration a different speaker teaches us about a topic of their choosing for 30-60 minutes)
  • group reading and discussion (when we read one chapter a week, it only takes 15-30 minutes to discuss how this may change our daily work, but it also builds a common vocabulary)
  • agile thought of the day (at the end of stand-up meeting someone spends 60 seconds describing a new idea they read about today)

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