Atlanta, Georgia
July 25, 2016
July 29, 2016
Our annual North American conference is dedicated to furthering Agile principles and providing a venue for people and ideas to flourish. This is where the Agile tribes meet.
The Dojo – Implementing an Immersive Learning Environment for Teams

July 28, 2016

Has your standard classroom “agile and DevOps learning curriculum" provided the improvements you’re seeking for your teams? Based on the philosophy of Japanese places of learning, a **Dojo** - which literally means "place of the way” - is a physical training facility for practitioners of martial arts. Throughout the centuries, these immersive learning environments have instilled the disciplines and skills for students to master their craft. The **Target Dojo** provides a similar immersive learning environment for teams to practice basic kata (actions) related to Lean, Agile and DevOps practices and mindsets via *30-Day Challenges*, where Agile and DevOps (technical) coaches work with teams to help them learn and refine their craft in a dedicated space.

In this presentation we’ll share with you why Target pursued creating a Dojo for Agile and DevOps learning, how it evolved over its 18 months, the outcomes and success that teams take back with them, and the behavior changes this learning style has impressed on the culture of our organization. We will also talk through the mechanics, physical environment, coaching investment, process, and other tactics of implementing a dojo in your company.

Christopher Schwartz Lead Agile Coach

Highly accomplished self-driven Agile Coach / Senior Business Analyst / Project Manager with comprehensive technical and business skill. Experienced in managing onshore and offshore projects and teams, clarifying business requirements, analyzing and improving procedures and processes to reduce costs, and managing small to large projects across multiple teams. Team player with strong interpersonal skills and adept at facilitating discussions with project teams and stakeholders.