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Four Teams, Four Topics - An Exercise in Brainstorming

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Four Teams, Four Topics - An Exercise in Brainstorming

Time: March 15, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Vertex Inc
City/Town: Devon / Berwyn
Event Type: meeting, palladino, brainstorming
Organized By: John Voris, Lead Coordinator
Latest Activity: Mar 16, 2016

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Four Teams, Four Topics - An Exercise in Brainstorming

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This is not the "Four Corners" Open Space that I want to repeat from Seimens 2012.  

This exercise will be done by long-time member Mike Palladino, PMP, CSM, and speaker at the 2014 Half Day Conference.

The night begins by voting on 4 different topic ideas.
We split into 4 teams with 4 facilitators (Champions for the topics)

In the 1st Session, Team 1 starts brainstorming Topic A on a flip chart for a set time limit (5 or 10 min ).  When done,  Facilitator of Topic A takes the work done and goes to Team 2.  This second team then refines or adds to Topic A in this 2nd session.

Meanwhile, for the second session, back at Team 1, the
Facilitator for Topic D has brought the work from Team 4 to Team 1, who then adds to Topic D.

This round robin continues with all four teams swapping
the topics in succession.   

In all, each team will review all 4 topics.  The teams stay at the same table, and it’s the facilitators who rotate around the room with the topics

When the original topic returns to the original team - a harvesting / gleaning process is done, where the Team takes 5-10 minutes to review all the additional feedback, and prepares a summary.  Each team has a representative to stand up and give a brief summary of the ideas. 

It’s preferable to have someone other than the facilitator as it now gets 8 people involved as Champions, instead of just the original 4 facilitators.

Suggested Topics are below, but others can be suggested and voted.  Specifics will be needed. (The challenge for the facilitators is to make sure people are not responding with theory, and are giving practical feedback on previous interactions they’ve had in the past.)


- Ways to Improve Agile Philly (a mandatory topic) 

- Ways to hold others accountable on the team
- Ways to educate new managers to SCRUM
- Ways to interact with typical PMO’s familiar with waterfall
- Ways to educate a scrum master to run a scrum and not hold a status meeting
- Providing a rough, initial estimate of a project.  Yes, estimates come later, but there are times when a rough estimate is needed.  i.e. 2-3 months, 6-8 months, etc.  

Directions to Vertex are on the Directions Page

Food sponsor for this event is Vertex

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Comment by Varsha Mundra on March 15, 2016 at 9:03am

hey john

can I bring 3 guests with me. they are part of my team, at Amerisource Bergen, who want to join agile philly.

Comment by Michael Geiser on March 14, 2016 at 1:52pm


I forget the building name/number, but it's one of the first ones on the right a you turn in.  I always just look for people going in instead of leaving...

Comment by Marc Gravez on March 11, 2016 at 10:20am

Which building is the Meetup held in? (Unless I remember wrong, Vertex has more than one.)

Note: I expected the "Vertex" link to display a map or directions. 

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