Summer Meadows (and the Three Vs)

Summer Meadows is a short and fun exercise to demonstrate the effect of handoffs, detailed specs, and silos (otherwise referred to as the Product Management Vacuum) and to communicate how the Three Vs (Vision, Value, Validation) serve as a way to create more cohesive and creative products.

Dependency jigsaw game

A warm-up game that test self-organisation and helps to get people thinking about a particular topic This is a warm-up activity designed to help demonstrate the challenge of managing dependencies, whilst allowing team members to meet each other. It’s also a test of self-organisation so be prepared for a little bit of chaos…. When to use: To get people talking to each other who haven’t met…

Don’t get lost in the shopping mall! Magic Maze

This article was a request of ScrumMasters and Agile Coaches from all around the world, made at the Global Scrum Gathering in Vienna in October 2019. You can find the german version here! In the stressful working environment of an Agile Coach or ScrumMaster, it is sometimes hard to deliver learning content in a purposeful way. To design those content in a understandable and sustainable…

Debunking Multitasking with Cards

Each team (or organization), has 4 items (stories or projects) to complete. We will simulate these by placing suits of cards in order. Materials For every 5 people, you’ll need a deck of cards and a stopwatch that provides a means of capturing lap time (often now on telephones as an app). A flip chart and markers to record times for each round would be…