Explorers Wanted

by Jim Johnson

Recently we were asked if we needed a speaker for our upcoming Good Mate Workshop on April 5. In our workshops we do not have speakers and attendees. We have guides and explorers. The idea of our workshops is to explore and flush out contemporary issues. Our guides, which I am one, only talk for a few minutes to frame an issue in order to stimulate thought.  Then small teams of explorers work on the current issue for about 20 to 30 minutes.  After the 20 or 30 minutes we have a general conversation on what the explorers found. This in not a new concept, we have been trying to perfect this procedure for the last 25 years from our first CHAOS University workshop in 1995.  Much of the learning featured in PM2GO microblogs came out of these types of workshops.  The Standish Group will hold a Good Mate Workshop in Burlington, MA (USA), at the Scrum.org classroom and will run from 9AM to 2PM. For more information go to our event page or sign-up in our store.