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Agile Tip of the Day, 23 May 2021

Follow the Shu Ha Ri model for Agile Adoption introduced by Alistair Cockburn He describes the stages as follows:


“Shu” roughly translates to ‘follow’. It captures the stage of learning in which the novice learns by copying a master or a recipe. In general knowledge acquisition terms, Shu is the starting stage, “Learn one technique.”

“Ha” roughly translates to ‘detach’. It captures the next stage of learning, in which the person, whether running into the boundaries of the technique or just out of curiosity, learns.

different tools and techniques. Ha can be thought of as the learning stage, “Collect techniques”.

“Ri” roughly translates to ‘leave’. It captures the stage of practice in which the person operates by whole-body response to ever-changing situations, doing something different every time. Ri-level people generally cannot say how they decide on a technique at the moment, because it is so ingrained and immediate. In general knowledge acquisition terms, Ri corresponds to “Invent and blend techniques”.

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