Timing: 25-30 min. (For 2 teams with 1 facilitator)
Prepared in advance 4 User Stories (in 2 copies each) describing different planes to be built.
Room with 1 table for each team, many A4 format paper sheets, flipchart or whiteboard, anything needed for teams to be able to build airplanes according to Acceptance Criterias.
This is a game to understand Scrum aspects like transparency (Definition of Done) and basic Scrum process of inspection and adaptation. It is based on well known Paper Airplanes game (one variant here) and is modified to go away from the factory of producing as many airplanes as possible towards producing airplanes that are valuable.
Definition of Done
Paper Airplane is built, tested, shown to PO (facilitator) that it flies!
The game is organized in 4 Sprints. Each Sprint starts with Planning, then proceeds into Sprint work, then into Sprint Retrospective.
The only rule
Is that each team member can do one bend at a time and then has to pass the airplane to someone else in the team.
PO (facilitator) starts the timer (1 min) and gives each team the same 1 NEW User Story describing the plain to be built with Acceptance Criteria (AC). Team thinks HOW to build it.
When 1 minute is over PO (facilitator) asks to start the work and reminds that teams have 4 minutes! Teams start building the planes according to AC and DoD. PO (facilitator) marks the count of acceptable to him airplanes on whiteboard or flipchart per each team.
When 4 minutes are over PO (facilitator) asks to stop working and reminds that teams now have 1 minute to retrospect their process. After 1 minute is over, Sprint Planning starts again by PO (facilitator) giving each team the same 1 next User Story.
After 4 Sprints, teams debrief the game with facilitator. Use collected results on whiteboard or flipchart to talk about velocity of valuable paper airplanes.
Some teams forget the last part of the DoD :).
Some teams split – some team members run the factory, some are testing and showing to PO.
Some teams fail to learn from situations where PO rejects some of the planes.
Running this game w/o a Scrum Master is hard as at some point the busy PO misses to notice the timeboxes. Good learning point about why Scrum Master is actually is a value.
And yes, in debrief it is worth to mention that PO is just a PO and that this game skips very crucial part – Sprint Review with stakeholders!
Success of groups & teams – this is what’s driving me – helping groups & teams succeed in what those are doing. When it happens, everyone’s happier – both inside and outside. And more happier people is more happier environment is more happier world.
I am growing on as a facilitator/coach of people, teams and organizations in the context of Lean/Agile. Have strong alignment with ideas from Lean & Systems thinking. Have strong belief in visualizations as the key people uniting and success catalyzing elements in the business world of these days.
And of course all of the above in the strong light of trust, motivation and positive outlook!