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Have you used a Lean Coffee meeting before?

Last post 08:35 am April 13, 2017 by Ian Mitchell
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01:17 pm April 11, 2017

I was first introduced to Lean Coffee meetings at the 2016 DevOps Enterprise Summit.  Has anyone here used Lean Coffee meetings and how or for what purpose do you use it for?

08:35 am April 13, 2017

I've been a participant in them when they've been set up in large corporates. There is a canonical format:

There's an initial keenness, but once set up they tend to die a death fairly quickly. Eventually there might be only yourself turning up plus the organizers.

Interestingly, I observed that lots of people attended a session if word got round a "higher-up" would be there that day. They wanted to be seen to be there, and as having "bought in" to the change initiative.

In other words, I did find lean coffee to be quite useful...not because of its outcomes, but because of the insights it can give into agile/lean sponsorship, organizational gravity, and the political dynamics of enterprise change.

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