My aha moment came in the first minutes of the class with the count-your-steps exercise.
Sixty Steps Toward Agility
I live and work in Washington DC, the waterfall capital of the world. When Ken Schwaber was hosting a Scrum class in the area several years back, I jumped at the opportunity to learn from an expert. My aha moment came in the first minutes of the class with the count-your-steps exercise. This is an exercise that asks workers to take 60 steps in 60 seconds—but the worker can only move where the boss tells him to go. The second part of the exercise allows the workers to take their 60 steps without boss micromanaging each step. I discovered I was able to perform twice as much work without a classmate serving as my manager. It was liberating to finally experience the truth around self-directed teams of motivated individuals.