Story: how I learned about Leading Questions
December 19th, 2020
It was during one of the SocratesBe conferences.
There was a session called something like "fishbowl mobbing".
The rules are described here: Pattern: Fish Bowl mob programming
One of the rules is
The question box is not allowed to ask Model: Leading Questions
when you want to lead, take over navigation
And this was so hard!
I do this so often!
And many others as well, it appeared.
I couldn't keep count of the amount of times I wanted to go to the question box to ask one.
And the amount of times someone on the question box got reminded.
This pattern kept repeating:
Person asks leading question
"Shouldn't we write a test first?"
Audience points out that it's a leading question
Person sit's on the empty take-over-navigation seat
Current navigator steps aside
Person takes over navigation seat
"Write a test first"
Driver writes a test
Person walks back to the audience
And it makes so much sense!
In this safe environment, this teaches us to stand up for our opinions.
I might be biased, because I had so much fun with spotting leading questions and calling them out.
And after the session ended, I kept seeing them everywhere!
"Shouldn't we go to lunch"
"I want to go to lunch, anyone joining?"
And to the annoyance of some of my friends, I kept pointing theirs out...