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  • The Misemotions Game

    Posted by Stavros Stavru on February 16th, 2016 at 5:38 am
    Software engineers are often seen by others as loony nerds (or weirdos) who are spending most of their time “interacting” with machines. And the more time passes, the more they are leaving the boundaries of “humanity” and becoming machines of the...
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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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  • “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 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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  • This Sprint Future-O-Spective with Santa Claus!

    Posted by Deepak Joshi on December 22nd, 2015 at 7:27 pm
    Here’s the festive season again and Santa Claus is coming to town. We need to take care of the balloons during the party so they shouldn’t look awful (deflated). What may be the impediments which need to be taken care? During freezing weather, balloons shrink up...
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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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  • Spreadsheet Craftsmanship

    Posted by Dennis Somerville on September 11th, 2015 at 7:13 pm
    Timing 30 minutes Overview You have inherited a spreadsheet from a coworker. The spreadsheet calculates the cost of consultants, given the following: number of contractors, hourly rate, number of hours per day, start date, and number of contract months. The spreadsheet ...
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