Formula 1 Grid start
A Go / No Go tool to create the conditions for success by asking the what the team, business partners and stakeholders need to feel good to go.
Using the Formula 1 starting grid for inspiration to get teams off the start line:
· A Go / No Go tool to create the conditions for success by asking the what the team, business partners and stakeholders need to feel good to go.
· Cuts out the subjectivity (and controversy) of a RAG rating by either being green or not green – no guilt, shame or fear of reporting a Red, no sitting on the fence and calling in an Amber.
When to use the VAC Grid Start?
· At a Go / No Go decision
· At the end of the Sprint before release
· When there are multiple parties involved in a decision
How to use the Visual Agile Coach Grid Start?
· Each team has a light – the objective is to get every teams’ light to green
· Each team lists what they need to be able to give their greenlight for go – it might be help from another team
· Hold regular check-ins to track progress against the greenlight criteria
· When each team gives their greenlight – and all lights are lit up green – the collective Go can be given with confidence
· OK in F1 its 5 redlights that light up and then go out to signal the race is on. But we’ve chosen Green for positivity – use this visually to promote optimism and focus on collective success.
· The VAC Grid Start lights means that everyone’s focus is ahead – not backwards or sideways – they all have the same goal of getting the lights to green so that everyone can move forward.
· Rather than have a single point of decision making, when each team or individual owns a light it’s easy to see we’re all in it together – no one can progress until all lights are green – so help each other out rather than finger point.
· The VAC Grid Start is lit up and fully visible – by sharing what each team needs for green the path to a Go decision is fully transparent - it may include reassurances or dependencies (on other teams), more information needed or requirements to meet critical success factors – and collective responsibility to deliver is the key to success.
· With that transparency and collective responsibility it is easier to agree the cross-team action plans to help each team get to their green – create a backlog, make it visible, show the interdependencies and who is responsible for delivering.
· Schedule regular check in, ask each other how everyone is feeling, how they are tracking, how can you help. If 1 team is facing challenges and their light remains off – swarm and allocate resources to help get them to into position on the grid.
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