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  • Agile Jenga Testing Game

    Posted by b.scharlau@abdn.ac.uk on March 1st, 2016 at 4:28 am
    I knew of this game for a while, but never quite got around to playing it until it came up in discussion during several conversations at Play4Agile 2016. I then went and found some relevant blog posts about the game, which I’ve noted below. I have only run this on...
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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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