They’re young, passionate, excitable, humble and open. They’ve few preconceptions about how things should work and a hunger to discover how things can. I fell into this, and old friend suggested we talk. They wanted to explore ‘Agile’. We talked principles, they asked for answers, I suggested experiments.
We’ve been exploring together for half a day a week for 4 months now. I swear I’m learning more from them than they are from me. What’s emerging is collaborative, but that was nothing new to them. It’s reflective, it’s experimental, it’s visual and it really does seem to be seeding itself into all parts of the organisation.
They’ve embraced story maps and product canvases like I’ve never seen. The office is plastered with them stuck to the walls on magic whiteboard sheets .
This isn’t a software house, it’s a creative agency. They have epic WIP, variance and cycle time to tame. They’re measuring. Every week we discover new data that we can act on. I’m building them tools to visualise and share that insight throughout the teams. We’re searching for the levers that will take them to their very clear goals.
After spending years celebrating a team that stays together and continuously improves, I’m loving the excitement of something more chaotic, with less baggage and seemingly so much potential.
Oh and I get to write them code, I’m loving that more than ever.