Shu Ha Ri

This concept can be applied by agile teams and coaches as a tool to determine at what stage the team is and to choose how to proceed deliberately.
SHU = COPY, or learning the form
HA = DIFFER or exceeding the mold
Find RI = FREE USE, or their own ways
SHU is the stage of the beginner who want to acquire a solid foundation through imitation of what is shown and Explained. If the team in the SHU phase, it is not particularly mature and it is advisable to follow the rules of agile methodology.
HA is the stage in which “the learner” mastered the techniques and now the background of the techniques and forms begin to question and understand. If the team is mature and already in the HA phase, it can adapt certain rules (breaking) to achieve better results.
In the RI stage has “the learner” recorded the knowledge of his master completely and is even matured into champions. It is possible for him to move away from a parent point of view of what has been said and to follow his own opinion about the procedure. In the last phase RI agile team is to define capable new rules and expect best results.
Here are some behaviors that you demonstrate where your team is on the SHU HA RI scale:
• Is the team “new to Agile” or new as a team, then it is in the phase SHU.
Has the team changed agile practices, or even deleted and have lost the idea behind these practices? Has the team “agile” mixed with other methods, so that the procedure is not even the team clear? Is the team irritated when you mention the Agile Manifesto? If any of these questions will be answered positively, then the team has prematurely entered the HA phase! The team is in SHU and needs to coach at this stage!
• Lives the team the ideals of the Agile Manifesto? Reflecting the behavior of the team that represents people and interactions, functioning software, collaboration with customers and quick response to change requests? Uses the team’s best practices and it gains new insights, which allow him to Sprint to Sprint to get better? Think about the team thoroughly before it adjusts agile practices sweeps or adds? Can it deal professionally with the consequences of such changes? If so, then the team is Ha in phase and needs a support to penetrate into the depths of the Agile method.

• Has the team his agile practices constantly perfected and its compliance with the agile values and principles? Has the team the “valley of tears” crossed and brought faster product deliveries and improved customer satisfaction the company? Has the team the necessary maturity and attitude to monitor themselves and improve themselves? If that is the case, then the team has reached the R phase and they have to let it go its way.

–Slimane Zouggari