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Ja-Who-I Window?

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The Johari Window:  Knowns and Unknowns


Made infamous by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield's "Unknown Unknowns" quote:

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know..."

Uhhh.... Do you know what he's talking about??

Sounds like a lot of gibberish, but it's actually very sound logic that's better explained using the "Johari Window".

One of the primary goals of agile is effective communication.  And a big part of achieving that is making sure information is 'de-siloed', or clearly spread ACROSS departments and 'silos' of organizations.

Take a look a the graphic above with Four Quadrants:  Open, Hidden, Blind, Unknown.

Open:  The upper left window "Open" (shaded in yellow) is where we want information to be.  If…