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  • The Lean-STAR Game

    Posted by Amr Noaman on April 14th, 2017 at 8:25 am
    Timing: 15 minutes Overview: This is a short game to explain why WIP is bad. It has so many variants, one of which is the lean simulation game with paper airplanes by Jeff Patton. Instead of building airplanes, we connect five dots of a star. Resources: Print 10 copies...
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  • Logo Maze (why we test first)

    Posted by André Dhondt on January 24th, 2017 at 7:52 am
    Timing: 20-30 minutes Materials: 1-pack of sticky notes pens for each group of 3-5 people dry erase board, table, window or wall to set up the maze Instructions: Explain to the audience that we’re going to play a game that allows them to program a robotic turtle t...
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  • To Plan or Not To Plan

    Posted by Rob Denison on September 12th, 2016 at 8:03 am
    Overview The game is organized around two activities, drawing a picture and telling a story. In both of these activities, the group will be split into separate teams, with one team given specific time and instructions to plan ahead. After both activities have been compl...
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  • Judgement Juggler

    Posted by Mike Burns on June 22nd, 2016 at 9:09 pm
    ** Updated  with links to better quality DoD images ** Name: Judgement Juggler.  Summary: An agility learning ball game, built on The Penny Game, that introduces estimates based on defects and dependencies to more closely simulate software development in an enterprise...
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  • Scrum Card Game

    Posted by Tim Yevgrashyn on June 18th, 2016 at 1:54 pm
    SCRUM CARD GAME is the simple game, which lets players experience work in Scrum sprints and brings to discussion many questions and topics that happen in real life while working in a Scrum team. This experience facilitates learning and makes participants prepared to the...
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  • Paint The Story Point

    Posted by Slava Moskalenko on June 1st, 2016 at 10:18 am
    Purpose Demonstrate how planning and estimating with relative story points can benefit business to be more agile and transparent Timing Entire game usually take 60 minutes to run including debrief. 15 minutes – estimation 35 minutes – complete painting (each...
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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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  • “Hitting the Target” — Business Value in Mission-Focused Organizations

    Posted by David Kane on January 29th, 2016 at 11:01 am
    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 questio...
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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 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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