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Enjoy an AgiLean Coffee

In our last session on new ideas and new meeting formats for 2014, we discussed conducting a Lean coffee. At this meeting, we test drive the Lean coffee format. Come armed with your ideas to add to this starter list:

• Agile, Org. charts & American HR

• Mob programming

• Measuring Team Happiness

• Agile oxymorons


Lean Coffee Format:

• Everyone offers topics they are interested in discussing by writing them on index cards (or sticky notes).

• Everyone presents his or her topic as an Elevator Pitch (max 1 minute per topic).

• Use dot voting to vote on each of the topics.  Each person gets two votes. You can only vote once per topic.

• Prepare three columns on a table or wall. Call them “Planned”, “In Progress” and “Done”. Add all topics to the “Planned” column, with those that received the highest votes at the top.

• Discuss each topic in turn. Move the index card for the topic into the “In Progress” column. 

• Initially, ask the proposer to explain the topic, then go round the table to give an opportunity for everyone to provide an initial comment, then open discussion.

• When the topic is done, move on to the next one.  The topic proposer decides when the topic is done, and moves the index card to the “Done” column.  If someone disagrees, then s/he can raise a new topic.  


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  • Adam S.

    Sorry I missed you guys. My flight on Monday got cancelled because of the weather and I didn't arrive early enough on Tuesday to make it.

    February 19, 2014

  • David B.

    We had a small group this month, but it was one of my favorite meetups in recent memory. Great open conversation and insight! 100% participation in the discussion, too. Thanks to everyone that attended.

    February 19, 2014

  • Alex D.

    Great discussion tonight! Sorry I had to leave early. I am curious what the group came up with on the last topic, "How to deal with organizations that do Agile Management"

    February 18, 2014

  • Bobby T.

    Sorry i need to change RSVP to not able to make it.

    February 18, 2014

  • Jill

    Hi Dave, unfortunately, another meeting has come up I must attend. I'm looking forward to the next Agile meeting. Thanks, Jill

    February 17, 2014

  • Tom

    David, do you have a location yet?

    January 27, 2014

    • David B.

      I believe it will be the ranch

      January 28, 2014

    • Tom

      Ok. I'd be interested in playing host at some point though. Would that be possible? I think having a group like this interact with my co workers would be a huge benefit.

      January 31, 2014

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