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Speed Boat

What is a Speed boat session?

The speed boat method was invented in 2006 by Luke Hohmann to study a project using agile practices. This Agile exercise highlights the strengths, constraints, obstacles and objectives of a project. A Speed boat illustration is sectioned into various elements that drive/constrain the boat toward its final objective. The elements are:

  • A boat (the team)
  • An island (goal)
  • The wind (strengths)
  • The anchor (brakes that slow the team down)
  • A reef (obstacles)

Each person writes down how each element applies to the project and presents it to the rest of the team to explain their views. Once this is done, the goal of this workshop is to find ways to improve the current state for the future.

Why is a Speed boat used?

The Speed boat has many advantages in managing the different stages of a project. Indeed, it can both shine light on the objectives of a project and those of a team. It allows for a quick and efficient analysis of a situation by promoting individual reflection. After brainstorming these, the team gains a deeper global understanding of what they are working on, therefore can optimize the project in terms of analysis, understanding, exploitation of strengths and therefore efficiency.

Who uses a Speed boat ?

A team willing to have each participant engaged in the advancement of a project can find the Speed boat regularly useful, regardless of the sector or department.

How to set up a Speed boat board in iObeya?

To set up an Speed boat board in your digital Obeya, follow these steps:

  1. Enter your room, then click Configure the room at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Add a blank board to your room.
  3. Select the speedboat background from the background catalog.
  4. Define a set of Notes according to the different speedboat elements colors.
  5. Your board is now ready to be used.

Pro Tips on how to set up a Speed boat

Try to allocate between 5 and 10 minutes of reflection prior to brainstorming . You can also add visual elements on your board to drive imagination.

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