Formula 1 Grid start

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.

Tags in this template VAC toolkit visual agile coach agile goal goals ambitions team red light agreement help start


How to use this template

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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