Yesterday’s really good Meetup session sort of rattled my noggin a bit with regard to cool-down cycles.
For my first three cycles, I didn’t use cool-downs. The work was shaped so there was time to do the betting table at the end of each cycle. I know this is not best practice but we have a super small betting table and clear agreement (so far) on our next target condition. Speed to value was also important for me at the start, so three cool-downs = 1 cycle lost. (I also wanted to push the value of Shape Up to the executive leadership, so killing the gaps helped).
I fully expected to keep running this pace without cool-downs, but this last cycle (which ends tomorrow for me) was a doozy. COVID-19 related stuff that distorted the shaped work. I’m planning to take a two-week cool-down.
Anyway, I’m trying to see if anyone else has experimented with cool-down cadence, such as one-week vs. two, doing them at a ratio less than 1:1, or (which is my crazy idea at the moment) being able to pivot between unshaped cool-down cycles and Shape Up cycles based on internal and external need.
Thanks for reading!