High Church of Lean Coffee

Nov 7, 2021 · Portland, United States of America

Let's spend the late morning sun(?) talking about Agile-inspired and other topics that shake loose from our minds.

We'll spend the first few minutes gathering discussion ideas, then roll right into the smooth easy cadence of the lively chatter.

New to Lean Coffee? It's a great way to have real, focused dialogue and we often discuss matters of agile, lean and such - but anything goes. As far as the mechanics, here's the template:

Step 1: Everybody writes down proposed topics on stickies, placing them in the center of the table. Take as much time as needed, but typically takes only 3-5 minutes (or whenever coffee is ready).

Step 2: Each topic is briefly described by its writer to give a flavour for the subject (15-30 seconds typically per sticky).

Step 3: Each person gets a small number of votes which they indicate by marking the voted-for sticky with their sharpie (all votes on one, one across many, follow your interests).

Step 4: The top stickies are placed in the ToDo column, ordered by the stickies with the most votes at the top.

Step 5: Topic is discussed for 5 minutes. The facilitator takes a quick "Cesar" (thumbs up/down) vote at the five-minute timer, and she moves on for three more minutes if the discussion still has majority interest. When complete, move the sticky over to the Done column. Rinse and repeat.

Step 6: wrap-up thoughts at the end - what one idea or person did you most enjoy, then break for home/drinks/cover.

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  • AgilePDX User Group - Portland Metro

    Thriving since 2000, the AgilePDX user group has brought practitioners of all flavors and forms of Agile software development together. Our vision: We see Portland as a world-class leader in software development. By "World Class" we mean profitable, sustainable, and joyful. Our mission: We work together to create a vibrant, successful Agile community of practice in the greater Portland metropolitan area where we share real-world experience, distilled wisdom, and innovative ideas for Agile done well. We are

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