We use to hear/read about sailing from Mediterranean sea to the Canary Islands but we can hardly find any information about sailing from the Canary Islands to Mediterranean sea. Sailing back to the Mediterranean sea from Canary Islands is going against the trade winds (Alisios), which is more difficult than going with the trade winds that is what most of the people are doing when going to the Caribean, but it is not impossible.
We went through the design thinking loop for several iterations, adapting our boat homeschooling technique to our needs. After some iterations, we would like to share with you what is working for us
3 weeks ago, I gave my first conference about Agile4Life. What an opportunity to inspire others sharing our journey! I really enjoy sharing some of my passions: family, agility and sailing.
From Puerto Sherry (Spain), we went to Portimão (Portugal). Our goal was to ensure that the boat was working well after all work that had been done - especially on the steering gear, before going to the Canaries Islands. Everything worked good and after some hopefully final tuning in Portimão, we would leave Europe behind and reach Rabat in Morocco.
The Agile Manifesto relies on 12 pillars. The more you intend to be in line with those pillars, the more agile your team (or family !) is. Check out what pillars we are honouring this week
3 months ago I gave a try to the kudo cards at home, the kids created their own family kudobox and the kudo cards. From that day, during the week any family member can post a kudo card in the box and at the end of the week in our family retrospective meeting we open the box.
2 months and a half ago we started the long journey preparation. We added new user stories to our backlog and we switched to Kanban working mode. Little by little we have improved the way that we are working in order to keep focus on the main priorities.
Complexity is not your friend at sea. When sailing, you need systems that just work... or that can fail gracefully, at least. In order to deal with this growing complexity, we decided to cut it into manageable chunks with some "Agile-Fu".
During our first 4 summers on board, we (had to) improved several times the electrical systems on board Soledad, our Hanse 430e. By improving, I mean we managed to get a better autonomy AND more comfort at the same time. "Better autonomy" was the goal.
Once your vision is clear, the next step is to build a backlog. After a year working on our backlog, we already had a minimum viable "Holidays on board Soledad" product... and a (growing) list of improvements opportunities.