Using Learning How to Drive as an Example of How to Learn Agile

May 18, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
Let's imagine you didn't know how to drive a car and had a limited budget. Let's say you were presented with the following choice.
OPTION 1
  1. spend 2 days in a class where the instructor talks about the instrumentation & controls of the most popular car made 
  2. you play in a driving simulator for a few hours
  3. it is explained to you that you have just been given a framework on how to drive, that more is needed but you will be able to figure out the details of the rest on your own (& the immutable rule is don't hit anyone)
  4. you get certification as a driving master
 
OPTION 2
  1. 75 people have been gathered and organized into "teams" based on the kind of car they drive
  2. you use a simulator for 1/2 day on what driving is like
  3. you are told the rules of driving
  4. on each of the next 3 days you get 1/2 day of more rules & how to work controls for driving in the morning. in the afternoon you get 1 hour of discussion about your specific car type & get to drive it with an instructor
  5. at the end of the workshop you feel you have enough to be able to drive in many places & understand how not to kill people
  6. you don't get certification
 
BTW- the costs of the two options are the same.
Which would you pick?
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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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