At the AgileCoachCamp (#ACCDE12) I attended a wonderful session named „Scrum in your daily life“.
Deborah W. (#weberde) brought this session up and chose an outdoor location.
We started with six participants and the idea was to share stories, where one had applied Scrum or other agile elements in her or his personal life.
Deborah started and shared how she and her boyfriend used Scrum one weekend to finish her household chores. Next was Sebastian (#stdout); if I remember correctly; who told a story, where a couple organized their flat moving with Kanban.
Quite a few people used retrospective elements with their partner on a time boxed approach (every week 2 hours) and also tried out coaching elements with their kids.
This lead to the question, why do we as coaches have to “fix” the things, which went wrong way earlier in the society. (Well, “wrong” in our opinion).
In the meantime a little crowd of bypassers had gathered to listen and sharing their input.
The topic brought up some stories of regular school life in Germany and Austria and how kids are natural agilists and how that is (seemingly) changed when they enter the school system.
The session was closed after 90 minutes (triple the initial planned time), since it was clear, we could spent even longer on that topic.
On the open space evening news Deborah and Wolfgang (#wwiedenroth) proposed a follow up session the next day.
The session was filled with up to 20 attendees. One local school teacher was convinced to join us and shed some of his opinions.
Due to the sheer number of active people we had to use the fish bowl format.
It was a wonderful experience to attend these two sessions and the energy and involvement the people put into it.
I put up some pictures from the second session (agile school theme) here.
(As a side effect, I started to use a personal Kanban board. Let’s see what my retrospective about it will be.)