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HappinessApp to collect Feedback at Agile Tour Lausanne

This Friday I will be leading a workshop on Scrum Performance at the Agile Tour in Lausanne. The HappinessApp will also be present, collecting feedback from the participants about their satisfaction with the sessions. Their feedback will be displayed in nearly real time for all the participants to see on a big projection screen during the breaks.

How it works

Here are some screen dumps and a description of the workflow of the prototype.



In Lausanne, a member of the organizing committee will have an iPad and be present in each room. He or she will select the session.




At the end of each session as the participants walk out, they just select their smiley and save!

Much like the World Happiness Index, their feedback scores are relayed to our server.  

Then, by the time everyone has gotten their coffee, the consolidated scores will be available. The scores will be displayed on a big screen which updates every 15 seconds while data is being collected.
I hope this approach will make it muc…

Reflection on my MasterClass on Scrum Performance

Last Thursday, I held my first MasterClass Workshop in my new training facility "zum Talgarten". The topic was Scrum Performance and the target audience was people who have been doing Scrum for a while yet feel the need to get better. Three people attended (in German, they say "klein aber fein!"), a Product Owner and ScrumMaster from one company, the former ScrumMaster from another.

The inspiration for this workshop came out of my workshop at the Scrum Gathering "Reinventing Scrum". I discovered none of the participants wanted to reinvent Scrum, they all wanted to debug their own Scrum implementations. And so the workshop was born.

The second piece of the puzzle came from the Temenos retreat I attended last summer. (Read more in the article on Deep Trust - a foundation for lasting change in your organization). A Temenos retreat goes through a process of reflecting and letting go of what happened, then creating personal and shared visions for the future. I…

Introducing the World Happiness Index

"This planet has - or rather had - a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy."

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Three months ago, I came up with the idea for what is now the HappinessApp(tm) - a simple tool for recording your moments and moods and sharing them with your friends, family and co-workers. Together with a talented team from Brazil and now over 30 beta-testers, we are getting close to our first public release.

Since then I have learned a lot about happiness. "Motivation is a multiplier for velocity" observed Joe Justice, founder of WIKISPEED.

For most people though, work is not usually a source of…