Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Scrum Breakfast Club

Scrum Breakfast Club a few weeks ago and yesterday I participated in my second workshop. The Scrum Breakfast Club in Zurich is a safe space for people who are passionate about being Agile… and transforming their companies into more Agile places. Every month, we get together in a neutral location to learn, share, solve problems and be Agile. The club was started and hosted by Peter Stevens from Saat Network.
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Workshops at the Scrum Breakfast Club are designed according to the Open Space Technology format. Seen by proponents as especially scalable and adaptable, the OST event format has been used in meetings of 5 to 2,100 people. The approach is characterized by a few basic mechanisms:

1) a broad, open invitation which articulates the purpose of the meeting;
2) participants' chairs arranged in a circle;
3) a "bulletin board" of issues and opportunities posted by participants;
4) a "marketplace" with many break-out spaces that participants move freely between, learning and contributing as they "shop" for information and ideas;
5) a "breathing" or "pulsation" pattern of flow, between plenary and small-group breakout sessions.

The approach is most distinctive for its initial lack of an agenda, which sets the stage for the meeting's participants to create the agenda for themselves, in the first 30–90 minutes of the meeting or event. Typically, an "open space" meeting will begin with short introductions by the sponsor and usually a single facilitator. The sponsor introduces the purpose; the facilitator explains the "self-organizing" process called "open space." Then the group creates the working agenda, as individuals post their issues in bulletin board style. 

Each individual "convener" of a breakout session takes responsibility for naming the issue, posting it on the bulletin board, assigning it a space and time to meet, and then later showing up at that space and time, kicking off the conversation, and taking notes. These notes are usually compiled into a proceedings document that is distributed physically or electronically to all participants. Sometimes one or more additional approaches are used to sort through the notes, assign priorities, and identify what actions should be taken next. Throughout the process, the ideal facilitator is described as being "fully present and totally invisible","holding a space" for participants to self-organize, rather than managing or directing the conversations.   

The workshop yesterday was titled "How do you build self organisation and accountability in the Team?". The first workshop I participated was titled "How do we convince customers, stakeholders, management and even team members to do Scrum?". I have enjoyed both workshops very much. Because of the format you will have to participate actively in order to get real value from the event. But I personally think that is what makes it interesting, lively and a great learning experience. On top you get to know lots of like minded people with similar problems and challenges.

Upcoming Workshops

- What can we learn from other methods, like Kanban, Management 3.0 or Radical Management? 02/11/2015
- What engineering practices really help team performance? 30/11/2015

If you join the club, come as often as you want, and there is at least one experienced trainer who’s there to help you but probably more of them. You can improve your condition, improve you skills, and have fun while meeting new people who share the passion for Agile and Scrum.

Why does it cost money to join?

SBC Charges CHF 545 a year. Many user groups are free, many meet-ups are free. Why does it cost money to join a Scrum Breakfast Club chapter?

The first and most essential point: You are a member, not the product. Our goal is to enable regular peer-to-peer learning and networking experiences, so you learn what you need to know and meet who need to meet — when you need to!

If you (and we) want this to be sustainable, how do we do it? Many social networks, like Facebook or Google+ offer free services in exchange for learning everything about you and profiting from that knowledge. Many so-called user groups are actually marketing events run by Agile consultancies. The Scrum Breakfast Club is neither.

The Scrum Breakfast Club and its Chapters exist to enable learning and networking among its members. SBC workshops are not marketing events and the club does not share or exploit your data for material gain. Learning and Networking is the value we bring to you. It costs real money and takes real time to make this happen. Your membership fees cover these costs.

Scrum Educational Units

The Zurich Chapter is recognized by the Scrum Alliance as an official user group, so you can claim up to 40 Scrum Educational Units (“SEUs”) towards your advanced qualification, the Certified Scrum Professional

Interested in joining us?

The Scrum Breakfast Club in Zurich is a safe space for people who are passionate about being Agile… and transforming their companies into more Agile places. Every month, we get together in a neutral location to learn, share, solve problems and be Agile.

Is that you? Would you like to be a part of that group? Then the Scrum Breakfast Club is for you! Interested in joining us? Let me know! I can bring along a guest for free.
Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 by Henrico Dolfing

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