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  • User Stories vs Requirements

    Posted by on November 26th, 2014 at 12:22 pm
    Nov 2017: Sorry for the broken links...when Dropbox nuked their public folder support, this link went with it! It's fixed! Disclaimer: I learned this exercise from Sarah Klarich, I don't know where she learned it from (Teresa Carlisle according to the document author?) but it's extremely effective at communicating why User Stories work better than requirements! Hint, it's NOT about the User Story! Materials Needed Blank paper (cut standard printer paper, 8.5 x 11, into quarters) Sharpi...
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  • 99 Ballons de test

    Posted by on July 13th, 2013 at 9:21 am
    English version available here : https://tastycupcakes.org/2009/06/99-test-balloons/. This post only contains french version.Durée : 30 min Matériel pour chaque équipe : 20-30 ballons par équipe du papier des règles des ciseaux des marqueurs Instructions : Commencez par montrer aux équipes un ballon que vous souhaitez créer (ou dessinez-en un). Le ballon a un visage constitué de deux yeux ronds, un nez triangulaire, et d'une bouche en demi-cercle. Sans...
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  • Thirty-Five

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    I was introduced to this technique by Xavier Quesada Allue who told me he learned it from Tobias Mayer. A reference to this can also be found in Jean Tabaka's book: Collaboration Explained (p207) entitled "Pass The Cards" Timing: 10-15 minutes Materials: A minimum of 8 people, and an even number of people Anything that you want to prioritise, written on separate cards One card and one pen per person Instructions: This exercise only works with an even number of people and ...
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  • Story Spines

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Simon Bennett generously introduced us to this game during the Scrum Trainers Retreat in Amsterdam in 2010. It is a common improv game Timing: 15 minutes Materials: 6 Chairs Pre-prepared index cards with story element structures (See below) Instructions: Preparation Set out 6 chairs in a row from left to right On chair 1 place an index card with the following words: "Once upon a time there was…" On chair 2 place an index card with the following words: "And every da...
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  • Swedish Stories

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard and was inspired by Neil Mullarkey Timing: 15 minutes Materials: None Instructions: Arrange the group so one person is at the front of the group with a number of other participants sitting facing him/her The objective is for person 1 to tell a story...with a twist Every now and then the storyteller will pause, stumble or hesitate towards the end of a sentence and someone from the gr...
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  • Balloon Animals

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 am
    (this exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Geoff Watts) Timings: Unspecified, but allow up to 20-30 mins for balloon making and debrief Materials: Download and print the attached for one or more of the balloon animal shaping instructions. Balloon Twisting Tips The Basic Hat The Balloon Dog The Sword Large bag of coloured modelling balloons, with hand pump People works in pairs. Stopwatch. Instructions: One of the pair pl...
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  • Bang For The Buck PrioritizationBang For The Buck PrioritizationBang For The Buck PrioritizationBang For The Buck PrioritizationPriorisation pour optimiser les investissements

    Posted by on March 20th, 2011 at 9:41 pm
    Timing: 1 hour Ingredients: A list of backlog items (epics / stories) to prioritize. Players (5..8 recommended): Product Manager / Product Owner Development Team Directions: The goal of this game is to collaboratively rank a backlog based on estimated value and estimated cost. The y-axis is the value of an epic or story and the x-axis is the cost. Each axis is organized as a Fibonacci number. We typically use this game for release planning. Clicking on this image, ...
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  • Theory of Constraints Dice Game Jogo de Dados da Teoria das RestriçõesTeoría de las Restricciones, juego de dadosТеория Ограничений

    Posted by on June 20th, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    Timing: 10-15 mins Ingredients: 100+ Toothpicks (or something similar) At least one Die Directions: Participants line up in a row with a collection of toothpicks (or something similar) placed with the first participant. The first participant rolls a die to determine how many toothpicks to pass to the next participant. Each participant then takes turns rolling the die and passing the corresponding amount of toothpicks to the next player. The final player creates a stack of toothpicks...
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  • 99 Test Balloons99 Balões de Teste99 Globos de Prueba99 Тестовых Шариков (99 Test Balloons)

    Posted by on June 20th, 2009 at 2:17 pm
    Timing: 30 mins Ingredients: 20-30 balloons per team Supplies for each team: construction paper, rulers, scissors, markers Directions: Start by showing the teams a balloon that you would like created (or draw one). Test Balloon with Acceptance Criteria The balloon has a face made up of two round eyes, a triangular nose, and a semi circle mouth. Without any further instructions, tell the teams that they have 2 minutes to create as many of the balloons as possible, then have th...
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  • Collaborative OrigamiOrigami ColaborativoOrigami ColaborativoСовместные Оригами

    Posted by on June 20th, 2009 at 1:45 pm
    Timing: 15 mins Ingredients: Origami instructions for half the participants (like this one) Blank standard sized printer paper for half the participants Directions: Pair up participants and provide an instruction sheet (face down) to one person in each pair (the "instructor"), and provide a blank sheet of paper to the other member of the pair (the "folder"). Split the pairs into three groups: Group 1 sits side-by-side, Group 2 sits face-to-face, and Group 3 sits back-to-ba...
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