Innovative Games to Teach Agile Values and PrinciplesMariya Breyter
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As psychology advises, an action becomes a habit when it is backed up by principles. This is equally applicable to Agile. We all know well Agile by being, not Agile by doing is a sustainable and lasting way of transforming groups and organizations. Then, the question is: how do we teach Agile values and principles? Would it help memorizing them? Most likely it won’t because it will be “doing” Agile without believing in them and making them our own.
So the goal is to internalize Agile values and principles, make them memorable. Share and elicit examples that resonate with the audience and help them answer the question “what’s in it for me?”
This exercise is being done in teams. I am going to share several games that help participants internalize agile values and principles.
- One is a matching game with several cases specific to Agile and Agile Games conference. Then, participants will come up with their own examples. In the third iteration, we will have participants will “build on what is happening”, i.e. do matching based on cases created by other teams.
- The second one is the lean “five why’s” game applied to Agile values. After sharing technique of conducting root cause analysis using five “why’s”, I will ask the participants to continue working in terms to come up with the underlying reason for each of the values and share with others. This is a competition with the prizes (laminated copies of Agile Manifesto with values and principles).
- Finally, the teams will re-write Agile values and principles as they apply to non-software teams (human resources: hiring and onboarding teams), executive teams, finance, and others, and share their Business Agility Manifesto’s with each other.
- In the workshop retro, we will brainstorm on other creative ways of teaching agile values and principles. Results will be shared with all participants, so that they can immediately use these ideas with their companies and clients.
I also have a 30-minute of this workshop which can be used as a tutorial to teach Agile Manifesto.