In the simplest terms, software development decisions for commercial organizations can be reduced to a calculation of whether the cost of developing the software will be outweighed by the revenue generated or costs saved by the software.
However, what does this mean for government and other non-commercial organizations for whom the impact of software isn’t primarily measured in terms of revenue? 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.
Timing: The game takes 45 to 75 minutes to run depending on whether you run it over 2 or 3 rounds, and how long you run the debriefs.
Materials:For each group of 5 to 7 participants
It is best to have each of the groups around a table.
Instructions: (The three round version. Instructions for the two round version are included in the attachments)
Each group represents the organization described on your Organization Profile card. Most of the participants in each group will roll dice to represent the work of the organization. The recorder in each group will capture how the organization performs. The baseline for how your organization performs is described on the Basic Rules card
How to run the game:Set up all of the materials except for the New Goal Sheet for each table. Have a short discussion after each round. In the third round, after each of the tables has selected their new rule and have started the round, hand out the New Goal Sheet, and have them start applying that instead.
Discussion and facilitation guidance:
Acknowledgements:Developed by David Kane (@ADavidKane) and Deepak Srinivasan (@deesrinivasan). Thanks to the Games for Agility, Learning and Engagement Meetup for the forum to initially workshop the game. Thanks too to Southern Fried Agile and the DC Enterprise Agilists Meetup for the opportunities to share the game.