Mirror Mirror On The Wall

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About 30 people in a lean startup context, with about one third coming from various internal departments and two thirds from external parties, assembled to completely overhaul the digital experience—website and apps—from a major Dutch company.

Only recently the group is complete, storming towards their goal. Each individual brings her or his own view on agile and lean, resulting in a potpourri of practices, each trying to find the best way to get going.

To streamline all these efforts and embed organizational and practical feedback loops, the group conducts a series of values-based [https://www.agendashift.com Agendashift] experiments. A six week cadence of [https://www.agendashift.com Agendashift] surveys provides the input for regular ‘retroprospection’. The first survey has just been completed.

Based on the survey’s results, a single lean style ‘A3 Mirror’ distills the essence of the first survey. Next survey is in a couple of weeks, and allows the team at large to check their progress in specific areas.

The results of the survey fall into two categories:
#”’Tops”’
#*key areas that the team sees as their strengths;
#*a simple copy the survey’s prompt.
#”’Tips”’
#*key areas that can improve the team’s way of working;
#*phrased as “instructions” in order to turn observations into action-oriented language—just like in the patterns of a Pattern Language; and
#*the source for three key objectives to bring focus on what matters most, and candidates to be turned into a limited set of [http://pearllanguage.org/Objective_%26_key_results Objective & Key Results].

Wishes for future revisions of [https://www.agendashift.com Agendashift] and the A3 Mirror:
*generate the A3 Mirror directly from the survey results, facilitating continuous retroprosection or learning;
*include vector-based charts in the A3 Mirror;
*maybe just one or two key points per Top and Tip for each of the six focus areas in order to make it even more terse and comprehensive;
*include a timeline of [[Flower Chart]]s to see the team coming to full blossom.

Related:
*[http://www.infoq.com/articles/agendashift-mike-burrows InfoQ » Ben Linders » Q&A on Agendashift with Mike Burrows]
*[https://www.agendashift.com Agendashift—Transforming transformation]
*[http://pearllanguage.org/Objective_%26_key_results Objective & Key Results]

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