• Rebecca Rutschmann

Better together: 1st Digital Coaching Sprint (Agile Edition)

Updated: Jul 14


Co-creating new team modules with our amazing agile community was our current highlight of this crazy year so far. Establishing a sustainable innovation process with our users a bonus.


Developing a new software product is very costly and takes a lot time. Understanding and constantly connecting with the needs of the users is crucial to develop a software that people will love and use.

A GREAT IDEA WAS BORN

At evoach every new reflection module starts with paper prototyping, click dummies and first user tests before even one line of code is produced. This helps us to get early feedback from users and to save scarce development resources. At the same time, we are constantly driven by the question of how we can further improve the product development process by involving our users and multipliers. We have therefore been thinking about how we can strengthen the exchange of experiences within our growing, highly competent community, how we can better understand the current challenges facing our target group - and of course how we can create new product ideas in line with what our users need.


Due to the fact that we wanted to create something for our community, we adapted the classic 5 phases of a design sprint to a better suitable time frame and setting for an external community. A design sprint aims to solve current challenges through design thinking, prototyping and testing with customers. It is a popular innovation process first developed by Google in 2010.


The concept of the Design Sprint was originally created to guide the product development of the start-ups in Google Ventures' portfolio to "predictably good results". By giving the best ideas the time they need to evolve, without first having to "discuss them to death" in the group, participants are working within a fixed deadline, helpin them to concentrate on the greater goal.


Five days, as envisaged in the classic Design Sprint, was something we couldn't and didn't want our community to spare and therefore we adapted the format to a crisp 1.5 days. Due to the current Corona crisis and the partly greater dispersion of our target group all over Germany, we decided after a survey among the participants to carry out the first half day completely remote and to meet the second day on site and take a complete team with us remotely for the second day.


Short survey prior to the sprint!

In our first Agile Edition of the Digital Coaching Sprint we wanted to know what the current challenges of our community from the agile and team world are and how we can best support them in their further development. Here the topics that were identified as current challenges based on a first small survey via our event invites:

  1. Strengthening self-responsibility

  2. Recognizing and making better use of skills

  3. Give feedback

  4. Agree on goals

  5. Clarify team roles

DAY 1: UNDERSTAND & DECIDE

On the first day, after a short overview of the current development status of evoach and the previous findings, we were able to start an exciting "Ask the Expert" exchange round. The participants interviewed each other about their current challenges and topics in team coaching and identified the most important points for a later brainstorming session. After a first cluster of topics and newly identified features for the future, the preparatory work for "Day 2" was done and the remote team was able to go home on time.

DAY 2: SKETCH & PROTOTYPE

On the second day we had to improvise a bit, because we lost 2 participants due to private and technical problems. So one participant simply became a virtual companion, which was exhausting (especially for her) but worked out well anyway - a real remote coach ;)

After a short onboarding of the newcomers and a short summary, we went straight on to the division of the teams, which grabbed the topics "skill journey" and "strengthening self-responsibility" for a first prototype.


With the creative method Crazy 8 we collected different ideas for the selected topics and further elaborated them. After a first short check-in and summary of the best ideas, we submerged into the creative side of paper prototyping. Finally, the teams could present their first rough prototypes to the professional audience at our "press conference". Even we as facilitators and observers were motivated to create our own little prototype on "my operating instructions" by the contagious ideation atmosphere.



OUTCOME

After 1.5 full and very inspiring days with our old and new favourite coaches, we were able to put a lot of new ideas for everyone into the respective method cases. Three new first drafts for prototypes with the working titles "Self-Responsibility", "Skills Journey" and "Operating Instructions for Team Members" were created and will be further developed by us and may then be tested by interested teams.

THANK YOU

Many thanks to all participants for taking the risk and giving your time and expertise. Many thanks to Dr. Christian Hoffstadt for his great support and for taking the time to moderate this great round!

NEXT

You would like to test one of the new modules with your teams or be part of the next Digital Coaching Sprint for team or individual coaching modules?

Then sign up for our newsletter or send us an email to team@evoach.me and we will add you to our test team list - if possible with a short note of the topic you are most interested in.

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