Tell Me a Story

By Robert Penn Warren

Think about that poem for a moment… and relate that to your Agile team’s ceremonies. Can you picture — in your mind — your team telling stories around a camp fire like the picture below?

Each Agile ceremony is about shared consciousness — sharing thoughts, ideas, impediments, challenges, achievements, insights, etc. — is it not? Everyone knows the gist of what’s being shared. They follow the story that’s unfolding.

A rugby player passing the ball

Rugby players have that shared consciousness as well… one player can successfully pass the ball to a teammate behind him without even looking long enough to make sure that the ball is catchable. They follow the story of the play that is unfolding.

Football Hail Mary pass

A football quarterback (QB) have that shared consciousness as well with the receiver when the QB throws a Hail Mary pass. Both follow the story of the play that is unfolding.

An Agile team during their Daily Standup (DSU)

An Agile team’s performance is at its best or peak when shared consciousness exists… everyone is on the same page and working together towards the achievement of the sprint goal(s). They follow the story of the play that is unfolding.

You want shared consciousness? Tell stories of deep delight!