Patterns: Casual driver
Also Known As
A small, experienced mob that is good at working well together.
A curious, exploratory period.
(Optionally) People are eating.
Optimize for more conversation than action.
Don’t bother with a timer and with explicit roles. Everyone is free to speak ideas, including the Driver. The Driver is free to carry out their own ideas, but must announce them first
Pay attention to signs that this approach has stopped working, and switch back to more structured mobbing:
- Someone is not fully engaged.
- The Driver is doing their own thing without speaking their idea to the group.
- A non-Driver spoke an idea and the Driver is ignoring it.
- An action answer a question more quickly and effectively.
This is risky, and usually an anti-pattern called “Not Mobbing”.
AKA and Cross References
Very similar to the “Plowing Through” pattern combined with the “Think out loud” pattern from https://www.agilealliance.org/resources/experience-reports/harvesting-mob-programming-patterns-observing-how-we-work/