Event Storming basics
Not just another meeting
The format of an Event Storming workshop helps ensure people are actively engaged in the process. Even people who were skeptical about the process come out excited at the end at the work that was achieved.
Want an example? If possible, there are no chairs allowed during an Event Storming session.
Bring your whole team
Cross-discipline collaboration leads to a deeper and more accurate understanding. Event Storming celebrates this by encouraging stakeholders and Subject Matter Experts (SME) with different backgrounds to work together solving problems.
Event Storming uses phsyical real-world tools that many people are already used to using. This makes it easier for people with no previous Event Storming experience to feel comfortable right from the start.
The list of tools?
Modeling with stickies
An Event Storming session starts out with the attendees placing a healthy amount of orange stickies on what Event Storming practitioners refer to an unlimited modeling surface.
On these orange stickies should be words describing facts that happen within your business process. These facts are called events. Therefore, orange stickies represent the events that happen in your business process.
Stickies are great because they come in many colors and sizes. As we add other colors or sizes, we add them to the workshop's legend. In this way, the vocabulary used by Event Storming can be learned as you go.
Making changes is a good thing
Another added benefit of modeling with stickies is that they are easy to move or crumple up. Both are allowed and encouraged during Event Storming sessions.
Nobody gets a model right the first time. If this happens to you, chances are your Event Storming team hasn't asked the right questions or the people with the right questions or answers aren't in the session.
Keeping the crumpled stickies visible until the end can be a powerful way to see the amount of misunderstandings or better understanding the Event Storming workshop uncovered.