Agile Scan

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Support a discussion about the effectiveness of your teamwork and the values of your team and organization.


Based on a set of success factors (from the Agile Manifesto), the team determines which ones receive the most attention now and which ones they personally feel are important to improve team effectiveness. The difference between the two is the basis for a discussion of values and behaviors for the team’s way of working.



See the Agile Manifesto’s 4 bold value statements that changed software development forever, and defined agile as we know it today.

To Work

  1. Place the floor sheets with success factors on the floor in random order.
  2. Use dot-voting to indicate how the attention is now distributed. Each team member distributes five dots to the left of the 8 floor sheets. Multiple dots for one success factor are allowed.
  3. Indicate how you would divide the attention between these values ​​to work together more effectively and make your customer(s) happier. Each team member again distributes five dots, but this time on the right side of the floor sheets.
  4. Rearrange the floor sheets according to the image of the Agile manifesto below. Now add up the scores per column. Collaboratively discuss the difference between the current and desired situation.
  5. What will you do to collaborate more effectively and make your customer(s) happier? Collaboratively determine two or three improvement actions for the coming period.


The Manifesto for Agile Software Development is documented on the Agile Manifesto website (see resources below).

You find a description of this model in section 3.4 Surf On Change in our book Connective Teamwork (EN, NL). The book helps you set your team in motion with a practical 5-step plan and 20 teamwork techniques.

You can learn more about and practice this technique in our Connective Team Coach Training Course.

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