Write the Docs "Lean Coffee"

Write The Docs PDX
Write The Docs PDX
Public group

Jama Software

135 SW Taylor, Suite 200 · Portland, OR

How to find us

Take the elevator to floor 3R.

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We're going to try something different this month: "Lean Coffee".

Based on http://agilecoffee.com/leancoffee/, we'll leave the discussion up to you. As noted on the site, “Lean Coffee is a structured, but agenda-less meeting. Participants gather, build an agenda, and begin talking. Conversations are directed and productive because the agenda for the meeting was democratically generated.”

New to Lean Coffee? It's a great way to have real, focused dialogue and we often discuss matters of docs, agile, lean, and such - but anything goes. As far as the mechanics, here's the template:

Step 1: Everybody writes down proposed topics on stickies, placing them in the center of the table. Take as much time as needed, but typically takes only 3-5 minutes (or whenever coffee is ready).

Step 2: Each topic is briefly described by its writer to get a flavor for the subject (15-30 seconds typically per sticky).

Step 3: Each person gets a small number of votes which they indicate by marking the voted-for sticky with their sharpie (all votes on one, one across many, however you feel).

Step 4: The top stickies are placed in the ToDo column, ordered by the stickies with the most votes at the top.

Step 5: Each of these stickies are discussed for 5 minutes, most votes first. The facilitator takes a quick "Cesar" (thumbs up/down) vote at the five-minute timer, and she moves on for three more minutes if the discussion still has majority interest. When complete, move the sticky over to the Done column. Rinse and repeat.

Step 6: wrap-up thoughts at the end - what one idea or person did you most enjoy, then break for home/drinks/cover.

So come with your ideas / problems / solutions, and be ready to vote and discuss!