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The Dojo

An Immersive Learning Experience with Clear and Quantifiable Results

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Provide Your Development Teams with the Ultimate Learning-through-doing Experience Available, the Dojo

Most training programs involve students taking time away from work to learn a new skill through examples and simulations, leaving it to the student to apply what they have learned when they get back to work. There’s certainly a place for that style of learning, but it has its disadvantages as well.
 
A preferable option in some cases is coaching, which allows an experienced teacher to be on-hand as people work to help guide them to improve their skills, knowledge, and processes. But how do you scale coaching effectively? It’s not always easy.
 
Imagine a hybrid program where developers gather in an immersive “classroom” environment with two or more experienced coaches and a specified learning goal. Then, imagine they proceed through that targeted training and coaching process while working on the same work they’d be doing outside of the classroom. That’s the Dojo — an immersive learning experience with highly practical application and quantifiable results — and it’s an experience pioneered and perfected by the experts at Cprime.
 

What is a Dojo?

The word Dojo, meaning the place of the way, comes from Japanese martial arts. It is an honored place where students and masters come together for deliberate practice to develop their skills. Target was the first to adopt that concept for mastering product, lean, agile and DevOps (PLAiD).
 
DevJam, now Cprime Product Agility, helped them design the model and implement it. Since then, we have helped Fortune 500 companies create their own dojos.

Product

Whether building software or not, understanding what you are building is critical to success. In Dojos, we focus on customer-centric, outcome-driven results. There is no point in building things faster if we are building the wrong things.

Lean/Agile

As the pace of change in the market continues to accelerate, our products need to be able to adapt quickly with it. We need both our people and our technology to be nimble enough to change with the shifting product needs.

DevOps

As we learn to automate the menial tasks of development and give ourselves quicker feedback on our work, we free up time and energy to focus on the value add work. That leads to better value delivered safer, sooner and happier.

Dojo Launch Package

Cprime provides the expertise to help your Dojo take off. We offer a complete package for creating an immersive learning environment built on the Dojo model. Facilitated workshops guide your organization through the strategy and tactical planning, and expert coaches provide the knowledge and experience to get it off the ground. At the end of the engagement, the new Dojo is running and has emerging internal competency to continue delivery.

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Discovery Workshop

Develops clarity on the value proposition that the Dojo will serve and assembles the strategy for delivering on that value

Launch Workshop

Builds the actionable plan for startup, covering each of the key areas that will determine success

Launch Coaching

Augments the Dojo team with coaches who have the expertise to pull off the launch and can build the internal capability to keep it airborne

Taking Your Dojo Further

The power of the Dojo comes from the culture that thrives in it. It is a safe environment to try new ways of working, new product ideas, and new technologies. And, it’s intended to keep operating long after launch.

EXPERT COACHING - Our coaches have lived in the trenches of product development, whether as product owners and product managers or as software engineers and architects. They help the teams safely navigate change, and turn failures into stepping stones for the next success.

COACHING DEVELOPMENT - It is not enough for us to provide you with the coaches you need. Our coaches help you grow your internal coaching capabilities by coaching up the emerging coaches in your organization and building the structure to make that growth self-sustaining.

FIELD COACHING - Learning doesn’t end when a team leaves the Dojo. Having a coach in the field with them as they make that transition can help them sustain and strengthen what they learned in the Dojo, and push into a continuous improvement mindset.

Resources

Dojo Virtual Tour – Enhanced Learning for Successful Transformation

Dojo Virtual Tour – Enhanced Learning for Successful Transformation

The Dojo model provides an immersive learning experience that can help teams internalize training, improve skills and create new productive habits. Using this model, companies around the world are building creative spaces where teams experience first-hand the benefits of Agile,...

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The Dojo Primer – What it Is, Why it Works, and How to Do It

If you’re a coach or trainer in an agile development organization, you’ve probably heard of the Dojo concept. But, for...

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3 Keys to a Successful Dojo

Dojos have gained popularity in recent years, especially as an effective alternative to embedded coaching and classical classroom training for...

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Dojo Discovery Sprint

Author: Kevin Burns, DevJam Dojo Coach with help from the Thomson Reuters’ Litigation Analytics dojo team. In the spirit of...

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Enterprise Dojos: Values, Principles, and Cultural Perspective

When we talk about dojos there’s a tendency to focus on the mechanical aspects of the model -- the workflow,...

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Dojo Virtual Tour – Enhanced Learning for Successful Transformation

The Dojo model provides an immersive learning experience that can help teams internalize training, improve skills and create new productive...

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Dojo or Bust? The Next Wave of Immersive Learning

Dojos are the darling of technical learning and organizational transformation these days, but are they all they’re cracked up to...

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How Dojos Make an Impact: Practical, Real Examples

In this webinar, we share several stories of how dojos have created significant impact for our enterprise clients. We cover...

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Leading Mortgage Company Sees Outstanding Results From Their Ongoing Enterprise Dojo

Industry: Mortgage Company Size: About 7,500 employees; $3.5 trillion in assets Location: Washington, D.C., United States Products: Mortgage Financing, Mortgage...

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The Journey to Accelerated Learning with Enterprise Dojos: 5 Customer Success Stories

Enterprise Dojos are fast- paced, fully immersive learning experiences for software developers looking to accelerate their Agile journey and truly...

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