Iterative Incremental Big Bang

Timing: 30-60 minutes expected running time (including prep and debrief) Overview: Iterative, Incremental, Big Bang is a workshop game to encourage people to think about alternative approaches for tackling projects. However, rather than discuss boring work-like scenarios, it asks players to decide on an approach for everyday scenarios like converting a loft, cooking Sunday lunch or building a nuclear submarine! Materials: Iterative Incremental Big Bang cards (available on Amazon) A…

“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.

Penny Flow

Summary: This game is based on The Penny Game.  I’ve seen it in various incarnations, but this is based on the original concept.  Instead of simply showing how batch size affects throughput, this game has been heavily modified to give several additional lessons.  Attendees can expect to learn about Agile’s roots in Lean manufacturing, batch size theory, single piece flow, being adaptive to change, quick…

Telestrations for Teams

Timing: Really depends on the group size, but I’d allow at least 2 hours for a group of 10 to play three rounds.   Materials: The board game Telestrations. There are two versions of this game, an eight player version and a 12 player party-pack version for larger groups. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/46213/telestrations It’s available online (Amazon, etc), or from most decent shops which sell board games.  …

User Stories vs Requirements

Nov 2017: Sorry for the broken links…when Dropbox nuked their public folder support, this link went with it! It’s fixed! Disclaimer: I learned this exercise from Sarah Klarich, I don’t know where she learned it from (Teresa Carlisle according to the document author?) but it’s extremely effective at communicating why User Stories work better than requirements! Hint, it’s NOT about the User Story! Materials Needed…