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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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  • Penny Flow

    Posted by Sean Robinson on July 27th, 2015 at 10:51 am
    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....
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  • Agile Scrum framework at glance

    Posted by Jesus Mendez on July 14th, 2015 at 10:59 am
    Purpose The goal of the game is to start the conversation within the team about their development process, in this case, by using the Agile-Scrum framework. By asking open ended questions, the facilitator would help the team discover areas of improvement identified by t...
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  • More Meaningful Stories

    Posted by Karen Favazza Spencer on July 6th, 2015 at 7:08 am
    This idea originates with Thiagi’s exercise “More Interesting” Divide group into at least 3 groups of 3 or more participants. Each person writes a basic story on one side of an index card Place a 4 digit identifier in upper corner (phone, extension, SS...
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