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FedEx Day

Motivation

To encourage creativity and ownership from the team in the product


Research

Articles on benefits

  • Rob van Lanen’s paper on unlocking intrinsic motivation through FedEx Days
  • Johan den Haan’s 10 reasons why you should organise a FedEx Day
  • Facebook’s features that have resulted from Hackathons

Method

Preparation for the day

  1. Agree a time frame with the team and management
    1. Agreed a time frame in between two sprints (we timed this with an awkward dates for having a planning session I think because a bank holiday had offset us)
  2. Organise a review session to show each other our innovations
    1. Ensure someone from seniority was present to see the innovations
    2. Structured similar to the first half of the Sprint Review
  3. Establish rules
    1. it couldn’t be something we were already planning to do and had to be new
    2. There had to be something to show at the end (i.e. the FedEx delivery must arrive on time)

On the FedEx Day

  1. Meet at the start of the day to refresh the purpose
  2. Participants self-organised into teams
  3. Teams each agreed a direction

Results

Creativity and Innovation Boost

  • Enjoyment from the team members on getting to work on something they either enjoyed or were passionate about
  • The business appreciated the ideas that had been created and put them on the backlog for further investment, or for further investigation where a new product was involved
  • After this event there were more creative questions on the solutions and the features and more suggestions

Team Cohesion

  • The team separated into a few smaller teams to work on their projects – mostly by time zone for ease
  • The team learned that for people who have specialist skill sets in the team it may be harder to join in, so this needs special attention

Delivering Incrementally for Fast Feedback

  • Everyone had something to show for the review
  • The business and the team asked for this to become regular

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