"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
-George Bernard Shaw
-George Bernard Shaw
Journey Lines is an activity that fosters self-organization and cross-functional behavior because it reveals a person’s skills, experiences, background, etc.
Journey lines is an activity that fosters self-organization and cross-functional behavior because it reveals a person’s skills, experiences, background, etc. This way, the rest of the team knows what this person “brings to the party.”
Well, let’s see what I bring to this party. Shall we?
This post is about an exercise I am working through that is named, Journey Line. My scrum master elegantly coached me to do this without me being able to comprehend at the time how beneficial something like this would be for myself and my company.
After doing a bit of research to see how different facilitators run this exercise I learned that there is a general idea behind the exercise and based on the needs of the organization at a given time, the exercise will be modified.
The Journey Line provides a template for an individual to quickly sketch the positive and negative events that took place over the course of a given period of time.
To personalize this for myself, I will give myself a scope of the last ten years. This lets me know to set the x-axis to start at 2007 and end at 2017. The y-axis represents the ups and downs or positive and negative experiences along the 10 year time period.
I will try to document:
I might find that some of the items listed above will be combined once I do the actual exercise, but this is how I am going into it. I’m sure I will iterate into something that feels right once I get started. Whatever happens, I will report that back here so you can see the difference in my initial approach, what I learned about the approach, how I iterated through the exercise, and then of course a brief discussion about my journey line in and of itself. Feedback is encouraged.
Keep in mind I am not currently being supervised by my scrum master so please forgive me if I go about this the wrong way 😉
45 minutes later…
Below you will see a snapshot of what my journey line looked like by the end of the exercise. My camera sucks, but not to worry. I am going to discuss the details of what I plotted out. I can’t imagine having done the exercise and not being able to talk about it. It was satisfying, validating, and surprisingly made me notice subtle little things that I have overlooked completely which is causing the quality of the work I put out into the world to be compromised. This exercise is showing me how to increase the quality and integrity of the products I should be working on. I’m impressed with the recommendation to do this. I can imagine it’s a great ice breaker in a team setting, but these exercises, I am now realizing, are essential to my growth as an individual. No joke, one of the yellow sticky notes talks about how I feel as if I matured as a man over these last few weeks by transcending everything I talked about in my previous post. Apparently, so much so that I notice the difference in my demeanor.
It took me about 30-45 minutes to complete the above Journey Line. I still need to discuss it with you, but I have some initial feedback on the process.
While I was on Barry’s site I found this cool exercise that they’re using as an icebreaker. I am going to use at as an exercise for defining ideal customer profiles and user personas. As UX designer, one of the most challenging things to coach a client through is the process of defining user personas and understanding that their evolving needs are where we look for inspiration when it comes to product development. Look for this post soon!
My scrum master brought up this idea of powerful questions a few weeks ago. Now that I know she’s f ing smart as f I want to hear more about these questions of power. I don’t want to forget to ask her about it so I am including at the end of this post so you can remind me.