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.

MVP instructions

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!

2 thoughts on “Flipping Agile Pizza”

  1. I love that article and point to it often! However, I also know the list of companies that understand the value of outcomes, is small. I didn’t invent that game to measure outcome, but I did invent another one. I’ll try to find time to post that one soon. I hate the name so I need to change that too.

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