Five-Day Sprint Process meets Raleigh Innovators Program – Part 5 of 5

My Experience

When I heard that HR would be exploring changes to our employee review process, I made a mental note to follow up on that later in the year. I’d only ever been an end user of this process. I didn’t know what an annual review should look like, but I could see the same room for improvement that Red Hatters voiced on internal mailing lists and at the water cooler. I work in IT, not HR, but am passionate about building up people, morale, and community in my workspace. I’d even poked around HR and considered transferring departments. So, you can imagine how excited I felt when I was offered a spot on this project team out of the blue. I got to step into the world of HR full-time for three months and have a greater impact on the 11,000+ people of this company on a larger scale than I ever imagined.

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Five-Day Sprint Process meets Raleigh Innovators Program – Part 4 of 5

A 5-day sprint in 45 minutes

Yes, that’s ridiculous.  The concept of a five-day sprint is crazy enough, but to attempt it in 45 minutes is just plain nuts.

In this series, I wrote about what it was like to participate in the five-day process.  After further study, I seized the opportunity to evangelize it to the technical communication community outside of Red Hat.

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Five-Day Sprint Process meets Raleigh Innovators Program – Part 3 of 5

The Google Ventures five-day sprint process is amazing, but any project can suffer due to human factors.  The way we complete tasks, creatively brainstorm, interact with each other, and feel motivated can become pain points in any project.  While SPRINT: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days wards off potential challenge points specific to this sprint methodology, here are my additional recommendations:

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Five-Day Sprint Process meets Raleigh Innovators Program – Part 2 of 5

When we began the Google Ventures 5-Day Sprint Cycle, our team quickly realized that we had to blend it with Red Hat’s Open Decision-Making Framework (ODF).  The Sprint process already called for 5 individual customer interviews per sprint.  That meant 5 per week to get just enough of a trend to adjust plans for the next sprint.  We started with that, which was great, but Red Hat currently has 11,000 employees.  We need more buy-in for company-wide acceptance.  Transparent, collaborative decision-making is key to how Red Hat does work the open source way.  At first, it seemed like a big challenge to blend the five-day process with our existing framework.  They seemed so different, and we had a tight deadline.  What we learned, was quite the opposite.  Both methodologies rely on frequent user engagement, but ODF is a five-day sprint on steroids.  We amped up our efforts to engage the whole company.

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Five-Day Sprint Process meets Raleigh Innovators Program – Part 1 of 5

Hi, Red Hat Developers!  I’m new to the Red Hat Developers blog and wanted to give you a quick introduction before diving into the Innovators Program and how you can use some of the theories and processes in your day to day.  I’m a Red Hatter and I specialize in UX and knowledge management for internal support at Red Hat.  Basically, I make sure Red Hat employees and the teams that support them get everything they need out of our internal support portal.  This ranges from customer surveys to web form design to knowledge management.  Most recently, I took a three-month hiatus from this role to participate in the Raleigh Innovators Program.

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