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Engaging ways to learn agile
I watched a webinar showing a group playing an agile game, Mission to Mars: An Agile Adventure, and it seemed like an engaging way for a group to learn agile concepts. If anyone has experience using this or a similar game, I would appreciate you sharing feedback on the experience.I would also like to hear any other engaging ideas for teaching the basics of agile to a group. The people being trained will be project team members, not project managers.
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Maura

I like planning poker. As a matter of fact, the Agile Consortium just send me last week a gift: They are playing cards to use to planning poker game.

RK
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1 reply by Maura Swart
Feb 21, 2020 1:16 PM
Maura Swart
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RK,

Thank you for sharing about planning poker. I think that could be very useful after the teams understand the basics of agile.

Maura
Feb 21, 2020 1:10 PM
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Maura

I like planning poker. As a matter of fact, the Agile Consortium just send me last week a gift: They are playing cards to use to planning poker game.

RK
RK,

Thank you for sharing about planning poker. I think that could be very useful after the teams understand the basics of agile.

Maura
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Feb 21, 2020 1:17 PM
Rami Kaibni
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True, especially that in principal, being agile is a mindset.
Feb 21, 2020 1:16 PM
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RK,

Thank you for sharing about planning poker. I think that could be very useful after the teams understand the basics of agile.

Maura
True, especially that in principal, being agile is a mindset.
Maura -

There are a couple of fairly commonly used team-based agile games which are both sprint based:

1. Coffee game: https://www.tastycupcakes.org/2016/10/the-coffee-game/

2. Lego game (tons of variants on this one): https://www.agile42.com/en/training/scrum-lego-city/

There are also lots and lots of agile games focusing on specific practices and concepts. For example, the dot game/coin game are common ways to learn the differences between batch and flow work.

Kiron
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1 reply by Maura Swart
Feb 21, 2020 3:46 PM
Maura Swart
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Kiron,

Thank you for sharing these ideas. I will definitely check them out.

Maura
Feb 21, 2020 3:23 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Maura -

There are a couple of fairly commonly used team-based agile games which are both sprint based:

1. Coffee game: https://www.tastycupcakes.org/2016/10/the-coffee-game/

2. Lego game (tons of variants on this one): https://www.agile42.com/en/training/scrum-lego-city/

There are also lots and lots of agile games focusing on specific practices and concepts. For example, the dot game/coin game are common ways to learn the differences between batch and flow work.

Kiron
Kiron,

Thank you for sharing these ideas. I will definitely check them out.

Maura
There is another game - Scrumtale - you could look into (https://scrumtale.com/)

Planning poker is more around sizing stories than the basics of agile, though, there could be some hidden lessons there. One of the downsides of planning poker is the time expense. Other options could be affinity or white elephant sizing which could be more productive

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1 reply by Maura Swart
Feb 21, 2020 5:45 PM
Maura Swart
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Thank you Andrew. Have you actually participated in or led the game? If so, it would be great to hear what you liked about the experience.
Feb 21, 2020 4:07 PM
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There is another game - Scrumtale - you could look into (https://scrumtale.com/)

Planning poker is more around sizing stories than the basics of agile, though, there could be some hidden lessons there. One of the downsides of planning poker is the time expense. Other options could be affinity or white elephant sizing which could be more productive

Edit: typo
Thank you Andrew. Have you actually participated in or led the game? If so, it would be great to hear what you liked about the experience.
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Feb 21, 2020 6:30 PM
Andrew Craig
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I actually meant to specify. Apologize. I have not participated. I just came across it the other day.
Feb 21, 2020 5:45 PM
Replying to Maura Swart
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Thank you Andrew. Have you actually participated in or led the game? If so, it would be great to hear what you liked about the experience.
I actually meant to specify. Apologize. I have not participated. I just came across it the other day.
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1 reply by Maura Swart
Feb 21, 2020 8:46 PM
Maura Swart
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No problem.
In my personal experience, playing games will not add value. Find a person that undertands what agile really is in theory and practice and make her/him participate in real work life situations with your team to have weekly review meetings to help the team understand and decide if the way of thinking and behave are agile oriented or not.
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1 reply by Maura Swart
Feb 21, 2020 8:47 PM
Maura Swart
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Thank you for sharing your opinion.
Feb 21, 2020 6:30 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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I actually meant to specify. Apologize. I have not participated. I just came across it the other day.
No problem.
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