An online mashup of Ralf Kruse’s Kanban pizza and the penny flip game.
The initial version was distributed to my network and I have seen at least one variation. This is the MVP version, which has been improved and can be run as a 45-60 minute workshop.
How to run it:
Imagine you’re a chef. In front of you is a table and ingredients for a Hawaiian pizza. Yes I know it’s the worst kind, but it was MVP. Feel free to improve it, but please credit me. Like I’m crediting Richard Kasperowski for his influence on this, and Curtis Michelson too.
The goal is to assemble the most pizzas you can in the timebox. Some people call those sprints.
Match the example piece.
Each completed pizza is worth 100 points.
Partially completed pizzas are -100.
Defects have to be trashed. No points.
Anyone can call a defect, but it only counts if the pizza has no work in progress. Spelling and color matter. The pizza must bake according to directions. The customer has quality standards! Who wants a bland, burnt pizza with the wrong ingredients?
Run 3 rounds
Specialists round 1 working alone
WIP limits on round 2
Swarming encouraged on round 3
Have fun. Let me know how it goes. Make it even better!
I’m a naturally curious techno geek who got lucky and stumbled into the agile space in 2008. I’ve served many agile teams since then, and eventually moved into a coaching role in 2015, where I use my knowledge and capability to help teams, managers, directors and executive leadership understand what this agile thing is, and how they best want to apply the values and principles of the agile manifesto.