I was fortunate enough to have a ringside seat at this TechSprint as scrum master. it was a special experience and so I think it's worth passing on a couple of personal reflections about why the collaboration worked so well...

1. This wasn’t a linear process: Although there was a demo at the end and a concept to prove, the TechSprint was really about maximising - as far as possible given the constraints - the collective capability of all the participants. 

In practice, it meant taking as much time as we could, all the way through, to give those involved – from different professional and corporate backgrounds, with different skills, languages etc. – the space to learn how to understand and appreciate each other. Without this, the PoC would have been much harder/impossible and the whole experience much less rich for everyone.

2. Teamwork easily trumped ego: This was quite intangible but its consequences were striking. I’ve been part of a lot of “teams” and crews over the years, including in elite sport, and only a small number of them have reached the level of the TechSprint. 

At its simplest level, this was about scoring really high against 3 criteria: 1. The collective capacity to give and take criticism generously; 2. The willingness to volunteer to fill others’ gaps at a potential cost to your own work; 3. The refusal to put a ceiling on the ambition.

I'm looking forward to the roundtables and the call for co-creation in 2018, opening the findings out to others and seeing how far we can take it.