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    The Coffee Game

    October 5th, 2016

    Overview: This game lets players experience the burden of being a Product Owner, backlog management and having to choose between stakeholders. Players will form a team responsible for everything related to coffee and will try to create as much business value as possible for their organisation while keeping stakeholders happy.

    Timing:  60 minutes

    Materials needed:

    • enough room to form teams with their own space
    • per team (pref 5 or 6 people per team) the game materials (team description, role description, userstory cards, scorecard and 1 dice)
    • some candy to be used as reward/bonus  for example bag of mixed chocolate minis. It’s more fun and perhaps provides some nice insights if some of the rewards can be shared (like M&M’s and Rolo’s) and some can’t be shared easily (Mars,Nuts).
    • visible timing device


    Facilitators guide is in the game materials provided. The facilitator explains the games, runs 3 rounds of backlog refinement and sprinting as well as keeping and comparing scores between teams 🙂 . Between every sprint the teams can do a retrospective to improve and the facilitator can use this to teach concepts touched by this game.

    Learning Points:

    • Basics of backlog prioritizing
    • It’s smart to have some sort of business value model as guide to base your backlog ordening on
    • Refinement doesnt need to be perfect right away and isn’t a one time thing. Timebox, start and keep refining as you go
    • How do you keep stakeholders happy while adding as much business value as possible

    Materials download:

    English version v1.1 (20161208)

    Dutch version v1.1 (20161104)

    • simplified some of the stories and their dependecies
    • enhanced layout of the storycards, improved font & color for story ID and extra remarks on card
    • seperated handout/facilitators guide/presenter slides

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