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It is a Team, not a Clinic

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We have by now held three sessions of the Agile Austin “Ask an Expert” service. The thing that impressed me most in these three meetings is the effectiveness of the the team discussion modus. Rather than make the clinic a series of 1-1 consultations, we followed Scott Killen‘s good suggestion to conduct it in the manner articulated in the statement of purpose:

Team discussions with any Agilists attending the program will be encouraged to maximize the sharing of experience and draw out the wisdom of crowds.

It is starting to become evident we enriched the experience and made it more gratifying by moving away from the {professor –> student} modus. The sessions are kind of everyone singing, everyone dancing. Rather than a plain answer for a plain question, we get much richer threads. Moreover, it is obvious the experience one clinic “patient” shares with another is as valuable as the expert advice.

We are starting to see repeat “patients.” It is really becoming a team more than a clinic.

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Written by israelgat

May 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Agile Scotland Clinics

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Colleague Clarke Ching summarizes his initial impressions from launching the Agile Scotland Clinics, as follows:

Wow! I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to the Agile clinics.  I was a little nervous that people might think it was a daft idea, but apparently not.

Clarke goes on to to compare the modus operandi for Agile Scotland with the Ask an Expert approach taken by Agile Austin:

I’ve taken a slightly different direction in that rather than dropping in, I’m asking people to book.  I’m not sure what’s best but I was concerned about confidentiality and scheduling issues.

Clarke and I will compare notes on the subject and report how the two communities evolve from time to time. For now, suffice it to say that I am as excited about the Agile clinics in Scotland as I am about the one in Austin.

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May 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm