"Cut the Blue Wire. . ." Play an Agile Team Culture GameBruce Conner
schedule 2 months agoSold Out!
In Agile we learn by doing, so what better way to learn about Agile culture than hands-on exposure? Using a commercially available game ("Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes" by Steel Crate Games), session participants will experience being on a new team with a vaguely defined task and no coherent team culture, to see how teams and companies build their own culture and process through self-organization.
The game itself is simple, and like all good games it is highly unpredictable in actual play. The goal is, as a team, to defuse a virtual time-bomb. One person is in charge of doing the actual defusing of the device on the screen, while the rest of the team consults a printed manual with the instructions. The defuser isn’t allowed to see the manual, and the group with the manual cannot see the screen with the device. Communication is critical to success.
Some of the concepts demonstrated in the session include:
- Communication styles, natural and synthetic
- Spontaneous naming conventions
- Working collaboratively with comfort
- Cultural differences on teams
- Working within time constraints
- WIP limits
- Importance of retrospectives
Co-Creating an Awesome Agile Climate in an Imperfect World, Closing KeynoteLaura M. Powers
schedule 3 months agoSold Out!
The winds of Agile change are blowing – occasionally a tornado bringing dramatic, sometimes unexpected change, and other times a gentle breeze that changes little. While you can’t control the weather, you can shape the climate around your team. A team’s climate profoundly impacts engagement, collaboration and results. AND it is something a team can co-create for itself – irrespective of the organization’s core culture.
In this interactive session, we will explore what an Agile climate is, how Agilists anywhere can influence it and the role that Agile games can play in fostering an awesome Agile climate, no matter what culture storms may be brewing beyond the team.