How to excite development teams with an exhibition of their current software.
Review fair technology
Our vision was to excite our development teams about the “exhibition” of their current software - like many other teams. In addition to the opportunity for stakeholders to quickly look at the latest developments for several teams and provide feedback, the teams themselves should also have the opportunity to find out about the developments in other teams and to exchange ideas.
We at REWE Digital work according to agile principles in order to plan and develop in small steps and, above all, to receive feedback from the market at an early stage. It means that our development teams invite their customer representatives, the so-called stakeholders, to their individual reviews and show their latest software every two weeks. It is certainly a big task for our stakeholders to participate in so many reviews, and it may be difficult for our Scrum / Kanban teams to keep an eye on the big picture of all developments.
So we had the desire to bring many development teams and stakeholders to one place at a time - the idea of the review fair was born. Our vision was to motivate our development teams to get excited about the “exhibition” of their current software - like many other teams. In addition to the opportunity for stakeholders to quickly look at the latest developments for several teams and provide feedback, the teams themselves should also have the opportunity to find out about the developments in other teams and to exchange ideas.
Since we both have this vision, we quickly found ourselves as an organizational team and started right away. After briefly considering how much effort it could take to prepare the review fair, we defined the date and period and sent invitations. In addition, we explained our vision and promoted the review fair. Our assumption was that the experiment would fail if only 5 teams participated and 10 teams would be a good start for this experiment. Over the course of time, 25 teams have actually registered to take part in the review fair. In addition to numerous teams from our Cologne office, colleagues from Bonn and remote teams from Ilmenau and Sofia also registered. We were already very enthusiastic and proud of our great colleagues.
On October 23 it was time to shine: We had everything set up and all participating teams brought posters, nibbles and above all their latest developments and set up at their trade fair stand. The large area in the “Werkstatt” soon filled up with numerous colleagues, whether stakeholders, developers or the curious. The atmosphere was good and the exchange was clearly audible and recognizable, as Adrian (Scrum Master) also confirms: "I think it's cool to be able to speak to the real users of our software, to be able to get feedback directly and to see what happened to the left and right of one.". Thomas (software architect) also found the event valuable: “It was a wonderful review fair. Finally you could see what the others are building. ”
Afterwards, we asked all participants for their feedback and unsurprisingly, the review fair was rated with a 88% satisfaction rate of the participants. The desire to repeat it was expressed by 97%. We would very much like to and will pursue this. We are pleased that this experiment was so successful, will incorporate further feedback and look positively and anticipatively to the planning for the continuation in a few months.
Lenny & Richard