A phrase frequently used in the Scrum teams I’ve been involved in – as well as a few of the XP teams – is “Pigs and Chickens”.
I have come to love the phrase, mostly because it causes people who are unfamiliar with Agile and Scrum practices to ask, “What are pigs and chickens?”
When the Agile team members smile and happily explain the joke, the people asking the questions often remember that they have other questions they wanted to ask, too. Then they find out that most Agile teams are full of real human beings who love to talk about what they’re doing and share good practices. This in turn invites more conversation, which spreads the goodness.
That leads to requests like, “Liz, I’d love to see what the team are doing with <xyz>. Can I turn up at your meeting, please, just as a chicken?”
Anything which facilitates better communication – even by being an obscure hook that invites curiosity – has got to be good.