Saturday 17th October, 2015
10:30am to 11:00am
Most agile teams rely on physical artefacts to help them visualize, inspect and improve their process. Task boards and happiness indexes, for example, provide input for and increase the salience of opportunities for continuous improvement. Interestingly, even though successful teams focus on people and culture, knowing they are most precious assets, the improvement of these parts is often unguided and expected to emerge with only the support of proper conditions. Why do we consider the “process” part of a production system as more malleable than the “interactions” part? We can’t enforce cultural growth and improvement, but why don’t we search for ways to support it?
The Guide Board is an artefact that supports continuous social and cultural improvement, with the same materials as classical agile artefacts.
It constrains the representation of the conclusions of a team’s retrospectives in such a way that they become part of the production system.
The main effect is to improve the overall efficiency by embodying part of the cognition. Just like stories are a reminder that a discussion has to happen, “guides” are a reminder that a discussion has already been had, helping the team to keep decision-oriented conversations DRY.
By specifying how rules are handled and visualized depending on their actual application, the Guide Board provides a basis for continuous improvement of the interactions within the production system.
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