Mobbing Pattern Language

Patterns: Treasure map

Also Known As


The mob is uncertain about how to move forward on a problem, or they don’t understand the problem they are trying to solve. The next move is fuzzy and the goal is unclear.


Focus the team on the problem to solve, and remove the distraction of code, and hands on keyboard.

How To

Stop coding. This must be done away from the computer.

Set up a whiteboard, or (preferably) large moveable paper backing like butcher paper, or large sticky sheet for data collection. Use sticky notes to capture information about problem context. Organize the context into digestible pieces.

Techniques which can help organize thought: