Logo Maze (why we test first)

Timing: 20-30 minutes Materials: 1-pack of sticky notes pens for each group of 3-5 people dry erase board, table, window or wall to set up the maze Instructions: Explain to the audience that we’re going to play a game that allows them to program a robotic turtle to navigate through a maze, as pictured below. There are four simple commands in our programming language: forward,…

The Agile Mindset Workshop

Total time: 45-60 minutes Purpose The purpose of the game is for everybody to participate and share their opinions, thoughts, feelings, ideas and practical use of the agile manifesto and its principles. They will be doing this by playing a matching game. Benefits For the team: After facilitating this workshop I observed teams checking their actions and values against the manifesto. They had a constant reminder in a single glance at the wall. For instance,…

Paint The Story PointЗакрась Стори Поинт

Purpose Demonstrate how planning and estimating with relative story points can benefit business to be more agile and transparent Timing Entire game usually take 60 minutes to run including debrief. 15 minutes – estimation 35 minutes – complete painting (each painiting iteration is 1 minute) 10 minutes – debrief Materials and setup: Teams should consist of 4-5 people Team should work at the table Put…

The Roast

Many Agile practitioners scoff at the very idea of managers in the context of Agile teams. However, they are often a necessity of existing companies. So, we should do the most to have them contribute and align with team members. This exercise give an avenue for honest, detailed feedback from the team to their manager. This game is recommended only for teams with high trust…

“Hitting the Target” — Business Value in Mission-Focused Organizations

How should organizations prioritize work in the face of conflicting goals and metrics? Help more people? Minimize delays? Prosecute more crimes? Lower costs? In this game participants will experience a dice-based simulation that has been created to explore these questions by examining the impact of these decisions on the performance of organizations in changing environments.