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  • Iterative Incremental Big Bang

    Posted by David Lowe on February 8th, 2016 at 6:46 am
    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 scen...
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  • The Roast

    Posted by Adam Cetnerowski on February 2nd, 2016 at 6:03 am
    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, ...
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  • Daily Stand Up Simulation

    Posted by Aleem Khan on January 26th, 2016 at 9:30 pm
    Daily Stand-up is the most visible and widely used Agile practice. This Stand-up simulation works quite well with either team, new, that never run the stand-ups before or experienced team, looking to make their stand-ups more productive. For new teams, I normally run ...
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  • The Job Title Game

    Posted by Adam Cetnerowski on January 7th, 2016 at 7:05 am
    It’s good practice for companies to try to keep the number of official job roles to a minimum. It saves on administration and prevents people from boxing themselves in their role. In this exercise, we’ll flip this concept and see, if everyone can get a very specific...
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  • Silent Collaboration

    Posted by Don McGreal on November 10th, 2015 at 1:26 pm
    This is a great facilitation exercise for quickly seeding a Product Backlog or anything else that requires collaboration. It is a technique that I've used for years and was originally inspired by Lyssa Adkins' Silent Work Techniques...
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  • JargonBust

    Posted by Elinor Slomba on October 27th, 2015 at 11:57 am
    Timing: 15 minutes or so (flex), can be inserted into any meeting to liven things up Materials: This is mostly a verbal game, no special supplies required except for small pieces of paper (can use postits) and writing implements. If making a master list (see option) a ...
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  • 4 L’s

    Posted by Karen Favazza Spencer on October 25th, 2015 at 6:18 am
    I’ve riffed on retrospective exercise developed by Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman. That exercise uses 4 L’s in a quadrant format. The quadrants are labeled Liked, Lacked, Longed For, and Learned. I use 3 columns, Liked, Lacked and Learned. Then after the...
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  • The Scrum Gauntlet of Debt

    Posted by Ron Quartel on September 21st, 2015 at 11:12 am
     Overview: A quick and easy demonstration/game to illustrate why an agile team needs to do refactoring and the related XP Practices in addition to Scrum. It never fails to create the A-HA moment for a team and team management as to why, when and how to do refactoring. ...
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  • The Bicycle Game

    Posted by Christo Martens on August 19th, 2015 at 7:02 am
    In one of my projects I developed a retrospective technique that is the combination several other techniques. This technique I called the ‘bicycle game’ because of the result: a nice bicycle....
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  • Kanban Pizza Game

    Posted by Ralf Kruse on August 16th, 2015 at 6:43 am
    The interactive Kanban Pizza Game demonstrates how a Kanban System works. While common Kanban games usually focus only on the flow of an existing Kanban system, our new Kanban Pizza Game goes beyond that, demonstrating the path from an existing process to Kanban. Learni...
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