Yes, I do mean the TV show “The Block”, the reality renovation competition where teams compete against each other to renovate and sell an apartment for the highest price. 

Each week, every team renovates and reveals a room. Starting from scratch, they design, renovate, furnish and style the room. The teams work to achieve a common goal, deal with blockers and think on their feet to solve problems. Deadlines don’t move – each week the next room is revealed, celebrated and judged.  

This approach is just like an agile “sprint” – a one-week timebox with a working product at the end (a completed room). Whilst you couldn’t live in the apartment yet, you can test out the room – assess its style, try out the functionality and get a feel for what the end product will be like (the completed apartment). The product is delivered incrementally, room by room. The team benefits from immediate feedback from their customers (the judges); they can improve their process and immediately course correct, as they work to deliver the next version of the product (next week’s room). The weekly opportunity to understand the customer’s needs increases engagement and collaboration, enables user-centred design and ensures the team delivers the most valuable functions first.

 

How ready are you to use agile ways of working?