Growing a Mob without Losing the Good

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Our latest experience report is from Chris Lucien of Hunter Industries. Chris is the Director of Software Development at Hunter, but is not the team’s manager. Management tasks are spread amongst the mobbers. Chris is a spokesman, advocate, and champion for the way their teams work.

Mob programming was discovered at Hunter in 2011 when the programming team decided to swarm together to solve a problem. They found they liked that experience so much that they decided to see what would happen if they all worked together, programing, daily. They found that five sets of eyes and minds proved better for them that solo or paired programming. And although team members sometimes work solo, they’ve grown to love working in a mob.

Over a period of 4 years, the single team at Hunter perfected how they learned together, worked productively, and incorporated visitors and others into their daily mob. In 2015, partly because the team was so successful, Hunter decided to scale their mob programming effort. Over the last year plus they have grown from a single team to eight teams of mobbers. This is the story of how they grew and learned to and adapt to their new larger group environment while preserving their culture, values, and practices.

About the Author

Rebecca is President of Wirfs-Brock Associates. She helps organizations and individuals hone their design and architecture skills, improve system quality and manage technical debt. In addition to coaching and mentoring she conducts workshops on agile architecture, design and pragmatic TDD. She invented the set of design practices known as Responsibility-Driven Design (RDD) and by accident started the x-DD meme. Rebecca is Director of the Experience Reports Program and Experience Report Track Chair. She is on the Board of the Hillside Group and writes patterns about sustainable architecture, agile QA, and adaptive systems. If you want to share experiences or wisdom in pattern form, Rebecca can help you turn your itch for writing into the written word. Read her blog at www.wirfs-brock.com/blog and find articles and patterns on her resources page, www.wirfs-brock.com/Resources.html


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