It was the spring of 2015 and Target’s technology teams were taking significant steps on the path to broadly adopting engineering practices related to Agile and DevOps. Based on experiences to that point, it was recognized that something was needed to take a leap forward in how to coach teams on new ways to deliver technology products and services.
Enter the Dojo … “the place of the way”.
Based on Japanese places of learning, Target Dojo is an environment where teams go through an immersive learning experience focusing on DevOps and Agile practices with locations at Target’s Northern Campus in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and Target India GWS in Bangalore, India.
Over the course of 4-5 weeks, teams will complete a Challenge related to the product or service they provide, learning Agile and DevOps practices, mindsets and tools in an intense (but fun) set of activities. Whereas typical Agile sprints last 2-weeks, in the Dojo they last 2- or 3-days. This helps teams to both quickly realize success and build muscle memory on how to plan and execute work with their new skills.
What types of results are being seen? With 35 completed Challenges (as of mid-February 2016), teams are seeing incredible payoffs to their investment in allocating time and people. These payoffs may be in the form of reducing the time it takes to get stuff done or accelerating adoption of new work methods.
To quote one person, “It was like finishing that first semester at college and you’re like ‘My eyes are finally open and I see the world for what it is…whoa’, but without all the drum circles.”
To learn more about Target’s DevOps journey:
- Watch (re)building an engineering culture: DevOps@TGT
- Read the Target Tech Blog
- Follow us on Twitter: #DOTGT
Interested in joining Target? Learn more here.