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  • Failure Memory Game

    Posted by on February 20th, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    The Failure Memory Game is is a game for learning from failures and experiencing how a team or an organisation can benefit from an open failure culture. Participants reflect on their own way, or the team's culture to handle failures, and directly experience the consequences in a safe space for experimenting and learning. Who plays, and when? This game is usually played by a group of people, preferably a team. It can be used in training or coaching context (retrospectives!) for generating ...
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  • Logo Maze (why we test first)

    Posted by 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 to navigate through a maze, as pictured below. There are four simple commands in our programming language: forward, forward until it hits a wall, right 90 degrees, and left 90 degrees. You will use the arrows as pictured...
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  • The Agile Mindset Workshop

    Posted by on June 13th, 2016 at 7:52 am
    Total time: 45-60 minutes Purpose The purpose of the game is for everybody to participate and share their opinions, thoughts, feelings, ideas and practical use of the agile manifesto and its principles. They will be doing this by playing a matching game. Benefits For the team: After facilitating this workshop I observed teams checking their actions and values against the manifesto. They had a constant reminder in a single glance at the wall. For instance, there was a particu...
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  • Paint The Story PointЗакрась Стори Поинт

    Posted by 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 painiting iteration is 1 minute) 10 minutes - debrief Materials and setup: Teams should consist of 4-5 people Team should work at the table Put two flip-chart papers on the table Each participant should have on...
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  • The Roast

    Posted by 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, detailed feedback from the team to their manager. This game is recommended only for teams with high trust with their manager.  Timing: 20-30 minutes preparation; 60 minutes execution   Materials: Pens, blank ...
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  • “Hitting the Target” — Business Value in Mission-Focused Organizations

    Posted by on January 29th, 2016 at 11:01 am
    In the simplest terms, software development decisions for commercial organizations can be reduced to a calculation of whether the cost of developing the software will be outweighed by the revenue generated or costs saved by the software. However, what does this mean for government and other non-commercial organizations for whom the impact of software isn’t primarily measured in terms of revenue? How should organizations prioritize work in the face of conflicting goals and metrics? Help mor...
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  • Weekend Escape an agile backlog management game

    Posted by on May 26th, 2015 at 2:58 am
    Timing:  20 minutes to prepare plus 30 minutes for Standard version, or 75 to 90 minutes for Extended Version Overview: Small teams collaborate to order a backlog with a specific business goal in mind. Once the team has produced their backlog, they review the output of another team and discuss the differences. Everyone participates and discussion plays a key part in the game. Participant’s eyes are often opened to the complexity of backlog prioritisation. The game has been designed f...
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  • The Teamwork Oscars

    Posted by on March 29th, 2015 at 2:01 am
    This exercise was created for practicing Benne and Sheats's group roles (although it might be adapted for any other similar classification). It does so by asking teams to resolve text puzzles (derived from popular teamwork fables) while at the same time team members are acting various group roles. Based on their performance the teams (as well as the individuals) might be awarded Oscars. The exercise could be also used to discuss the importance of group roles on team dynamics and teamwork. (m...
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  • The Workplace Equations

    Posted by on February 26th, 2015 at 12:54 am
    This exercise drives a meaningful discussion on what satisfaction and motivation is in the workplace. It does this through the metaphors of Heaven and Hell, organizational storytelling and various elements of gamification. Furthermore the exercise could be used by teams to derive their own Workplace Equations (based on their specific understandings / perceptions of satisfaction and motivation) and then use these equations to continuously monitor and assess how close their workplace is to Heaven ...
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  • Scrumble – an Agile board gameScrumble – um jogo de tabuleiro ágilScrumble – un juego de mesa ágilScrumble – живой настольная играScrumble – un jeu de plateau Agile

    Posted by on February 9th, 2015 at 12:13 pm
    Agility is completely new to you? Skeptical about applying Scrum for your project? Feel like challenging your team? Get ready to Scrumble! Developing Agile strengths and values through a fun simulation of Scrum Scrumble allows to highlight many issues that team members often face, as being developers, product managers or facilitators and to provide solutions spontaneously, all in a casual setting. This game and its printable content are free to download. Have fun! Game duration: 2 hours ...
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