Enter the Dojo… "The place of the way"
Based on the Japanese places of learning, the Target Dojo was built as an environment where teams can enter an immersive learning experience focusing on Product, Lean, Agile, and DevOps mindset. Gone are the cubes that isolate. Instead teams sit around large tables surrounded by white boards and large TV monitors that encourage sharing, discussions, even arguments, but always with a focus on collaboration and growing. The space is also specifically designed to get people out of their old environment and break their old patterns.
More than space, the Dojo is about access to people with a variety of skills. The Dojo is staffed with a team of Agile/Product and Technical coaches to help teams truly learn and use the skills and values they need to succeed. When each team enters the Dojo, they are assigned coaches to help them learn Product, Lean, Agile, and DevOps mindsets and practices, including self-organization, prioritization, outcomes based goals and more. Coaches sit side-by-side with teams to help them learn the new skills and technologies needed to build and run their product. Whether it’s product definition, product discovery, story writing, value stream mapping, continuous integration, continuous delivery, automated testing, cloud, or a variety of other topics, the coaches tailor the experience to help the team get up to speed many times faster than they could on their own.
The Dojo is truly a fully immersive experience to show how all these pieces work together to create a new way of delivering a product. Yes, the learning curve is steep, but teams emerge from the Dojo with stronger skills and a new confidence to sustain the momentum going forward. A team may not be able to learn everything they need in one experience, therefore teams may have several experiences in the Dojo, learning and delivering something new each time.