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Lean Beer! Welcome back to Milwaukee Agile's fall line-up....

Join us for the kick-off of Milwaukee Agile's fall meetings. Have some pizza. Have a beer.

A Lean Beer! We held our first session of this type earlier in the year and it was a lot of fun. What better way to introduce new visitors and get reacquainted with old friends than a collaborative session?

Essentially, a Lean Beer is a group of people working together to learn about lean in an informal setting. It's like a mini-unconference where the participants decide on the schedule. The timeframe is typically one to two hours. The number of people is best between 6-8 but 4-10 works fine. As more arrive, we can break into teams.

Here's how it works.

One person facilitates these actions.

Step 1: Everybody writes down topics they'd like to discuss on stickies placing them in a column in the center of the table. Give as much time as needed, but typically takes only 3-5 minutes.

Step 2: Each topic is briefly described by its writer (15-30 seconds typically per stickie).

Step 3: Each person gets three votes which they indicate by marking the voted for stickie with a dot (they can put as many votes as they like on one stickie).

Step 4: The top three stickies are placed in a new column, ordered by the stickies with the most votes at the top

Step 5: Each of these stickies are discussed for 5-15 minutes. When the facilitator thinks the discussion has reached a good end-point she asks if everyone is complete. When complete move the stickie over into a new column that represents 'done'. Repeat step until all done.

Step 6: If enough time is left over, do another stickie or two.

Celebrate being done.

Milwaukee Agile is geared toward both experienced and brand new practitioners. The pizza and beer are free and sponsored by Redpoint Technologies and MillerCoors.

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  • Mark B.

    It was a very good meeting. I learned a bit about the Agile process and had a good table of people with whom to knock around some ideas.

    September 5, 2012

  • Jason M.

    good start. good conversation. looking forward to the year!

    September 4, 2012

  • Andy L.

    There is only a pork chop at the bottom of every beer

    August 30, 2012

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