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Thursday, July 28 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
The Dojo – Implementing an Immersive Learning Environment for Teams (Jonathan Schauer, Christopher Schwartz) POPULAR

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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.
Learning Outcomes:
  • How a Dojo accelerates, in particular, the adoption of DevOps culture and practices.
  • Why a dedicated immersive learning environment is essential to a successful agile transformation.
  • How the Dojo emerged from a grass roots experiment in "trying DevOps and Agile together" into a tops-down essential for team-based education.
  • The personnel and physical space/resource requirements for a Dojo.
  • The setup, rhythm and cadence of "30 day challenges".
  • The daily operations and general facilitation of the Target Dojo.

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Jonathan Schauer

Lead Agile Coach, Target Corporation
Let's talk about team facilitation, automation in the context of BI, the Target Dojo of course, doing science projects with my kids, the current political climate, and level 2 nerdy interests like comic book movies, Star Wars and lightweight scifi/fantasy reading.
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Christopher Schwartz

Lead Agile Coach, Target Corporation

Thursday July 28, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT