Why a Dojo?
There are many events online where you can see a new remote technique or meeting facilitation approach. Maybe you even paid to learn it in a course.
It could be a new Liberating Structure, a technique from Training from the Back of the Room, or perhaps it's a new online tool. It could be a new way to run an agile meeting (planning, stand up, review, retrospective). Maybe you even experienced it briefly (even if it was a paid event).
But are you ready to run that technique or event on your own?
You might have the following concerns:
- Where can I find people with various levels of experience with online events to try it out?
- What if I can't use the same tools you saw in the previous event?
- How can I really practice this technique?
- What if I have to adapt the technique heavily?
- Where can I find a trusted guide with experience in distributed teams and agile approaches to help with all of this?
Where can you go?
What is a Dojo?
“Dojo” is a concept from martial arts. It's a safe place to train. The dojo has people with various levels of expertise. The dojo has an instructor which can teach you basic techniques, but they would rather have you learn how to adapt those techniques to your own situation.
What is the Distributed Dojo?
The Distributed Dojo allows you to come in and practice, practice, practice for 60-90 minutes. The instructor may start with a lesson or just a warm-up. You may contact the instructor in advance and ask if you can practice a specific technique or tool. The instructor will work with you to set it up.
Some past sessions or themes run in the Distributed Dojo include:
- Facilitator's Dojo – How do I adapt a facilitation practice to the online environment?
- Tool Lab – How do I learn to use a new collaboration tool or an advanced feature of the tool?
- Adapt an Exercise – How do I adapt a location-based exercise for online? Examples include the Dot Game (substitute for the penny game or the ball point game), the Jumpstart Story Exercise, or the Compass Activity for quickly orienting team members to their teammates' work preferences.
The dojo is a place where you can practice without judgement. This optimizes learning for everyone in the dojo.
What the Distributed Dojo is Not
The dojo is not a class, but you will learn.
It is not a tool demonstration, but you will drive the tool you are interested in learning.
If you are looking for a more structured class setting, see our workshops.
Who are the instructors?
Head Instructor – Mark Kilby: I have worked with distributed agile teams since 2000 (and distributed teams before that). I have taught a variety of agile approaches since 2005 and have run private distributed dojos for clients for the last two years. I have even taught martial arts classes in a “dojo style” from 2010 to 2019 where I had to inspect and adapt constantly based on the experience and needs of the students.