This picture is the fulfillment of our first family Sprint goal- for Kyran, my son, to fly on his Birthday.
We had some great success with using the Scrum learning framework that first week and some terrific failures.
It started a month ago, the week before Kyran's birthday. We decided as a family to try Scrum with our family. Scrum is a learning framework to solve complex problems. I use it at work to create software. Families have to solve complex problems all the time.
We had our first Sprint planning meeting, We had a large sheet of paper and lots of sticky pads and pens on the table.
It started with establishing a code of conduct.
Everyone wrote on their sticky notes things they thought would be good, the kids came up with no adults kissing during the meeting and no having grumpy faces among many things. Parents had things like full participation and no judgment.
Then we talked about what we wanted to do as a family. Traveling was something both the kids and adults wanted, good health was up there. In the end it was summarized by Kyran as "Let's be an absolutely, epic, amazing awesome, family!"- this became our family rallying call.
We wanted to have 1 week sprints with planning meetings, review and retro meetings, We were also hoping to have Daily Scrums at dinner.
We needed a Sprint Goal for our first week and Kyran came up with a big one, for his birthday he wanted to fly! He wanted to do Indoor Skydiving. It was a big goal as we would have to raise quite a bit of money for it and drive to Chicago (4 1/2 hours away). We didn't think we could do it, maybe after Christmas we initially thought, but we put it up and went for it.
Here is the board at the end
That first meeting went for 2-3 hours (amazing for kids 9 and 10). We were tired at the end but energized as a team. And that is one of the biggest wins so far, that we are a team with a unified vision.
As we focused as a group all week, we came up with some good and creative ways of raising funds, GoFundme was one (shout out to David Salsona). Grandparents and family came through as they were excited and inspired by the idea. And by the end of the week we were able to go (with my brother Gareth too)!
Here is a link to the video we created from the trip (another goal we had in our planning to create little movies of our adventures and get them up on youtube).
That was our first week, very exciting in many ways.
The not so great moments were the changing of our family dynamics, which is hard. Figuring out when we are parents and when we are team members. What to do when a member of the team isn't pulling their fair share for team, even though they are doing lots of individual work.
The big win was having our family feel like being on a great team.
It was an Epic first week!
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