The fundamental approach of taking simple, easy to manage steps (Kaizen) also applies for the Agile Moves Workshops.
- A series consists of 4 to 6 short workshops (60 to 90 min. in length), which are usually held one to two weeks apart.
- Each workshop focuses on a particular issue.
- An artifact is generated during each workshop, which is then expanded upon in the phases between workshops. The artifact serves as input for the following workshop. This ensures that all the team’s ideas and thoughts are represented, even when these have occurred outside of the workshop. In this way, the artifact reflects as precisely as possible the opinions of the team, which increases consensus, thereby enhancing the quality of the results.
Structure of a Workshop Series
“Four + Two” - Each series includes four workshops, plus two optional workshops:
- 0. Workshop (optional): Where are we right now? What are our goals?
The use of impact maps is often well-suited for the Situation Assessment workshop.
- 1. Workshop: Which skills do we need to achieve our goals?
- 2. Workshop: Which of these skills have we already mastered?
Adding Items to the Backlogs
- 3. Workshop: How can we improve skills that are not yet sufficiently developed? (Adding items to the Backlog is similar to the Scrum Product Backlog procedure)
- 4. Workshop: Which training plan will we use to train together? (Developing a training plan is similar to the Scrum Sprint Backlog procedure)
- 5. Workshop (optional): Visualizing the training plan’s big picture.
Phases Between the Workshops
The phases between workshops are utilized to continue working with the output of the previous workshop. For every in-between phase, there are solo and team moves, which contribute to the development of the artifact. This enables the content of the workshop to be continually focused on in an uncomplicated way, providing room for all the team’s ideas and creating a solid foundation for the next workshop.
- Solo Moves: Creating the Snakes
- Team Moves: Updating the Artifacts