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"Lean Coffee" is a group of people working together to learn about lean in an informal setting. It's like a mini-unconference (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 people arrive, we can break into teams.
PLEASE NOTE: We will be up on the 21st floor for the meeting, not the Galleria level where we have held previous sessions this year. We'll have someone on the Galleria level to provide directions.
Here's how Lean Coffee works.
The group chooses one person facilitates these actions:
Step 1: Everyone 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 food and coffee are free and sponsored by Redpoint Technologies and Robert W Baird.