Goldilocks is an interesting technique and basically doing the opposite of estimating: You shape the work into the desired sizes.
Vote each item into one of three piles: “Too Big”, “Just Right”, and “Too Small”.
Split any “Too Big” items into “Just Right”-sized ones.
Group any “Too Small” items together into “Just Right”.
The Goldilocks Principle applied to sorting stories reminds of potato grading machines that sort potatoes into different sizes.
A sprint of one week is like a small bamboo water tumbler. Sprints of three weeks are larger, heavier and tumble a three times slower than the one week tumbler.
Your organization is like a web of bamboo water tumblers. Make sure they tumble with a synchronous or syncopic rhythm.
Rhythm creates momentum, momentum synchronizes all pulses in your organization.
Syncopation includes a variety of rhythms which are in some way unexpected which make an off-beat tune or piece of music. More simply, syncopation is a general term for a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm: a placement of rhythmic stresses or accents where they wouldn’t normally occur.
All dance music makes use of syncopation and it’s often a vital element that helps tie the whole track together.
A very sketchy note of:
*[http://hillside.net/component/content/article/65-how-to-run-plop/235-how-to-hold-a-writers-workshop Hillside Group » How to Hold a Writer’s Workshop]; and
*[http://mummola.cs.tut.fi/~patterns/writers_workshop_cheatsheet.pdf Writer’s Workshop Cheat Sheet] (PDF).
Just let me know if you would like a sketch that’s a bit more polished, and I’ll draw one up.
Scrum has much ado about Definition of Ready and Definition of Done.
The Definition of Ready for the current phase equals the Definition of Done for the previous. Likewise, the Definition of Done for the current phase equals the Definition of Ready for the next. They are the two sides of the same membrane.
So, why not simplify it and talk about the membrane only?