• Liked Harold Shinsato
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    Harold Shinsato - Opening Space, What's your Score?

    Harold Shinsato
    Harold Shinsato
    Human
    Open Space Institute
    schedule 6 months ago
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    75 mins
    Keynote
    Beginner

    Would there be a need to bring Agile to a perfect world? What if the world is perfectly imperfect, and what would that mean for how we bring Agile to teams and organizations? Since this is a Games conference, what does Game Theory say? James P. Carse posits in the book Finite and Infinite Games "There is only one infinite game." Perhaps any game you can finish isn't the game with your most important score.

    What game are you playing when you do "the Agile"? What is your role and the role of those you serve? Oppressor, Victim, Rescuer, Challenger, Coach, or Author? And what do you think Authority and Responsibility have to do with it? And what of values, or God forbid, dare we ask about Love?

    We will be using Open Space Technology (OST) the last day of the conference. OST seems impossibly simple, yet has frequently demonstrated astoundingly powerful effects. Many have said it's a perfect match for Agile because both OST and Agile revolve around self-organization. OST is also the core component of the Agile Alliance's growing AgileOpen program. What is the power of OST? And what is "Open Space" anyway? In this keynote you'll get to experience and play with these and other provocative and perhaps controversial questions and themes in a micro OST 'game' that you might consider bringing back to your own teams.

  • Liked llewellyn Falco
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    llewellyn Falco - The Sorting Hat

    llewellyn Falco
    llewellyn Falco
    Agile Technical Coach
    Spun Labs
    schedule 6 months ago
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    30 mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    We are going to play a matching game aimed at teaching you intuition. The same kind of games used to teach people to identify chickens when they are young, or teach actually pigeons to detect cancer from MRI slides.

    Come learn how to learn taste and see the patterns only your subconscious can detect.

  • Liked Damon Poole
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    Damon Poole - Teams Want a Quick Game to Learn How to Deliver Value Faster

    75 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Agile helps you to deliver what’s valuable to the customer faster. You can capture, prioritize, communicate, and deliver that value with good user stories. In our experience, a major impediment to writing good user stories in the real word is a lack of example stories. We have created a set of games that incorporate 80 examples of good and bad user stories. The games are easy to learn, play, and teach so that you can experience good user stories in just a few minutes. Come play the games and then share them with your friends and co-workers!

     User Story Game

  • Liked Mariya Breyter
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    Mariya Breyter - Achieve perfection with Agile Innovation Games

    Mariya Breyter
    Mariya Breyter
    Agile Coach
    Consultant
    schedule 6 months ago
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    75 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    World is imperfect but we have a chance of making it better by innovating and using our creativity.

    At last year's Agile Games, I shared my Agile Creativity game which enables problem solving, and the feedback from the audience was super positive. I've heard from several of participants that they are using this game to solve complex problems enabling agility in their enterprises throughout the year.

    This year, I want to share an innovation game called "Bust the Mold" that has never been applied to Agile before. 

    In this highly participatory workshop, we will co-create a new view on common Agile beliefs and challenge familiar concepts using the "Bust the Mold" technique. This innovative crowd-sourcing tool was first introduced by a pioneer in creative learning, Rob Cordova, and has not been applied in an Agile environment outside of Dun & Bradstreet where I work.

    The workshop is facilitated in small groups without any limit of participants. It generates a lot of laughter, new ideas, and practical concepts that can be immediately used. Everyone has a chance to actively participate. Participants move around the room, constantly contribute new ideas, challenge stereotypes, and engage in building the shared vision.

    During the workshop, participants will come up with experiments and new ideas to validate. Everyone leaves the workshop with a positive feeling of contributing to old concepts in a new, highly innovative way.

    The workshop is relevant to any level of Agile experience - from beginners to most experienced participants because it is all about collaboration and innovation!

  • Liked Kim Pfluger
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    Kim Pfluger - Agile Makes Me Lose Control

    75 mins
    Tutorial
    Intermediate

    Executives and managers can turbocharge an Agile Transformation...or stop it before it even starts. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering “how come they don’t get it”, then these games are for you.

    In this exercise we’ll show you how to connect the critical values of transparency, autonomy, negotiability and responsiveness to Executive concerns like resource utilization, capital budgeting, risk analysis and annual planning. It starts with exploring and respecting the differences between approaches, the questions under the questions. It concludes with shared vocabulary, mutual understanding, and goals aligned. Let’s start seeing each other as runways, not roadblocks, on the journey to better organizations.

  • Liked Stacey Dyer
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    Stacey Dyer - Design Thinking, Lean UX, and Agile walk into a dinner party...

    Stacey Dyer
    Stacey Dyer
    CX Design Director
    Liberty Mutual
    schedule 5 months ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    Have you heard about Design Thinking but unsure about where it all fits in with all these other buzzwords like Lean UX and Agile? Get your learn on with this creative journey through the lens of a dinner party. 

  • Liked Stacey Dyer
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    Stacey Dyer - What Would Your Mom Do? Bust down the brainstorm barrier with WWXD!

    Stacey Dyer
    Stacey Dyer
    CX Design Director
    Liberty Mutual
    schedule 5 months ago
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    75 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    How many times have you sat through a brainstorm session and melted under the table only to hope you can crawl out the door with ninja-like stealth? Brainstorming doesn't have to suck, but sometimes it does because people have a hard time breaking out of their usual thought process. 

    Blow up the brainstorm barrier with WWXD: What Would X Do?

    WWXD is great for:

    • Getting people to break down the barriers to creative thinking #outsideofthebox
    • Getting people to laugh
    • People who love superheroes from Winston Churchill to Iron Man
    • Get people to think about what someone other than them would want. (People sometimes feel more comfortable sharing ideas in this way.)

    Learn how to kickoff your next brainstorm session with a bang by getting teams to think like Wonder Woman, your mom, dad, Trump, Steve Jobs, or your favorite Kardashian. 

  • Liked Savvy Katham
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    Savvy Katham - Empathy Map game

    Savvy Katham
    Savvy Katham
    Lean / Agile Coach
    SubWay
    schedule 6 months ago
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    75 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    Games for Learning about Retrospection and New Idea Development

    Game Name: Empathy Map

    Presenter:​ Savvy Katham

    Track:​ GameJam

    Type:​ Interactive Game Play

    Audience Level:​ All

    Room Setup:​ Rounds

    Duration:​ 60 minutes

    Keywords:​ Play, Retrospection, Learning-game, New idea generation

     

    Abstract:

     

    People deliver. Period. However, if people are understood they will deliver MORE.

     

    Empathy Map game focuses on understanding teams (people) and their thoughts and taking necessary action as needed. It helps teams to express emotions that they encounter through out the project execution.

     

    This game can be played with different audiences with the variation in the situation.

    • How is a persona looking at the product?
    • How is a team member feeling about the development of a product?

     

    Information:

     

    A drawing is given to each table that contains Think and Feel? , Hear?, See? Say and Do?, Pain

    and Gain

     

    A situation is given to all attendees.

     

    Attendees have to put their write-up stickies under each category mentioned above.

     

    Learning outcomes:

     

    • Creates an open environment to brainstorm about a product or a feature
    • It helps to understand personas

     

    Target Audience:

    All stakeholders who would like to take understand personas and incorporate the feedback in a product.

  • 75 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Are you as powerful as you need to be? Do you over power the room and rub people the wrong way?

    Why is that? What if there was something you could do about it?

    In improvisation, in order to create realistic and compelling characters we study status. That is, how does how we carry ourselves impact our relationship status with other people and how does it change in relation to others?

    In this session, we'll explore status, and play with making ourselves more or less powerful. We'll then examine how this plays out in our work environments and how we need to adjust our status depending on which groups or individuals we're interacting with.

    You'll also learn the one status trick that will dramatically increase your chances of getting hired in your next interview.

  • Liked Michael Nir
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    Michael Nir - Bring the Scrum Master a Glass of Water - Conduct Objectives and High Performance Teams

    Michael Nir
    Michael Nir
    President
    SAP Labs
    schedule 6 months ago
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    75 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Move beyond the labels!

    Do you have a Team Charter? Do you use it?

    Fact is - many teams have had a team charter-like activity or discussion - however it mostly stays as a generic declaration of terms rather than an operative tool.

    Without exception - all the teams I've worked with, declared in their charters that they want to have trust between team members as well as help one another, and manage conflict effectively.

    What would your team say???

    In this session we'll learn how to move beyond the label in the team charter and create Conduct Objectives - a highly effective tool for a high performance team

     

     

     

  • Liked David Grabel
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    David Grabel - Agile Scavenger Hunt

    David Grabel
    David Grabel
    Enterprise Agile Coach
    Vistaprint
    schedule 5 months ago
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    180 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    MIT is home to one of the world's oldest and largest scavenger hunts, the MIT Mystery Hunt. To honor this tradition, I propose running an Agile Scavenger Hunt - a team event where the clues, activities, and strategies related to Agile Principles.

    The rules of the game are setup to encourage showing examples of Agile in action - delivery early and often, prioritize by Cost of Delay, face-to-face communications, collaboration, determine value to the customer, etc. We ran this event in Barcelona for a global team formation event - rules & clues attached. We would customize them for Cambridge/Boston.

  • Liked Mario Moreira
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    Mario Moreira - Energize your Workshops with 3 Constellation Icebreaker Games

    Mario Moreira
    Mario Moreira
    Master Agile Coach
    Vistaprint
    schedule 6 months ago
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    30 mins
    Talk
    Beginner

    This energizing and connection building session will include three Constellation icebreaker games that are built to connect attendees with one another which leads to more productive sessions (e.g., workshops, training, etc.).  It will start with the Timeline Constellation, followed by the Blast-off Constellation, and concluded with the Orbital Constellation.  Each Constellation game provides a different way to learn about the participants.  Each game will get played and it will conclude with comparing and contrasting the three games so that the participate thinks through how each Constellation game can be used in their environment and upcoming session.

  • Liked Steve Jaccaud
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    Steve Jaccaud - Optimist and Pessimist

    Steve Jaccaud
    Steve Jaccaud
    Team Coach
    QuickBase Inc.
    schedule 6 months ago
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    30 mins
    Demonstration
    Beginner

    Are you an optimist or a pessimist? This exercise illustrates the language (verbal and non-verbal) and perspectives present when being an optimist or a pessimist.

  • Liked Marah  Rosenberg
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    Marah Rosenberg - Winning! Using Improv games with teams

    75 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    How can you use improv in your meetings?  In this 75 minute interactive workshop, we'll take some basic improv games and skills and expand upon them to use with teams.  The focus will be on leveraging games to shine a light on common team dynamics and enhance or break those patterns to create a healthier and happier team environment.

  • Liked Sara Ness
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    Sara Ness - Close Encounters of the Human Kind

    Sara Ness
    Sara Ness
    Instigator
    Authentic Revolution
    schedule 5 months ago
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    30 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    A fun and connective experience of improvisational humanity

  • Liked Sara Ness
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    Sara Ness - What’s really happening at Agile Games?

    Sara Ness
    Sara Ness
    Instigator
    Authentic Revolution
    schedule 5 months ago
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    180 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner

    What creates an amazing conference, meeting, or conversation? Among other things, the ability to be honest, well-structured, and naturally calibrate to what is right here and now. Agile Games focuses on creating the most well-adapted interactions possible. What happens when we turn that lens on ourselves? When we take a look at the conference, at who we are in this space, and what we really want and need to say? This session will be a full dive into experiential authenticity, focused on making our time at Agile Games as productive as possible, and demonstrating games that can be used to safely bring forth truth in any meeting or social situation.

  • Liked Richard Kasperowski
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    Richard Kasperowski - High-performance Teams: Culture and Core Protocols

    180 mins
    Workshop
    Beginner
    Want an awesome team that builds great products? Great teams don’t happen by accident. And they don’t have to take a long time to build.
     
    In this session, Richard lays out the case for Continuous Teaming. Session participants will join in a flight of fun learning activity-sets. These will give you a taste of team awesomeness and how to start when you go back to work.
     
    Richard builds on the work of Jim and Michele McCarthy, Google, Bruce Tuckman, Gamasutra, Standish Group, Peter Drucker, and Melvin Conway. His learning activity-sets are short games, using elements from improvisational theater, The Core Protocols, Extreme Programming, and more.
     
    Who should attend? Anyone who wants to create a great team and build great products. You’ll leave having embodied the essential elements of accelerated continuous team-building and awesomeness maintenance.
     
    This 150-minute session is a deep dive for people who want both an introduction and deep practice building awesome teams.
  • Liked Kalpesh Shah
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    Kalpesh Shah - Standup Poker: How We Hacked Our Daily Stand-up & Our Teams Mindset !

    75 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    One the most significant ceremony of any Agile Team is Daily Standup where the team members get together and plan for their day. But quite often the daily standup turns into a zombie status update meeting where team members come together to blurt out their updates and walk away to their desk without ever maximizing the benefit of that meet up.

    In this session I will share a case study of how we created a simple experiment that turned into Standup Poker and revolutionized our Daily Standup. This technique helped us uncover true insights of teams progress and got the team talking about strategic planning and plan to remove any impediments as a "team" on daily basis to accomplish their sprint goal and commitments.

    We learnt that when team members started using this technique, hidden impediments and dependencies started to emerge and team members organically started to re-plan and prioritize their work to accomplish the Sprint Goal. Product Owner also found great value in this technique as this helped them see the teams true progress and engage with the team to re-prioritize user stories and even take a story out of the sprint if required. Scrum Masters started to observe a trend in the confidence level over the span of the sprint and brought that information to Sprint Retrospective to discuss and brainstorm ways to improve and keep the confidence levels high throughout the sprint. The discussions and observations due to Standup poker resulted in teams committing better and more confidently during Sprint Planning and got into the rhythm of always accomplishing their sprint goal, but more importantly they started improving everyday and got into "continuous improvement" mode.

    The content, exercise and message of this session highlight the agile principles of individuals and interactions over process and tools and fostering the mindset of continuous improvement.

    In this session we will share examples, stories and experiences from trying the Standup Poker and how this simple technique converted a bunch of individuals into a TEAM !!!

  • Liked Ellen Gottesdiener
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    Ellen Gottesdiener - Can We Talk?

    75 mins
    Workshop
    Intermediate

    Agile teams thrive when people of multiple disciplines—software development, testing, analysis, user experience, project management, product management—collaborate to deliver great products. But creating—and sustaining—a culture where true collaboration is possible is not easy.

    Think about it for a moment. How transparent are your daily communications with team members? What steps have you taken to understand your teammates’ perspectives about what hinders or accelerates shared success in your daily work? How often do you converse—openly and deeply—with team members, especially those who hail from other disciplines? For most of us, our day-to-day interactions fall short of the ideals of honest communication, mutual learning and genuine curiosity.

    It doesn’t have to be that way. Join us for “Can We Talk?” as we explore techniques to help us share the truth—without blame or judgment—with our colleagues. In this session, we dig deep to explore puzzles, patterns, and possibilities for more effective cross-discipline collaboration. In the end, you leave with a set of activities you can use to safely yet honestly engage with your whole team.

  • Liked David Koontz
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    David Koontz - Designing YOUR Game with a Ball of Whacks

    180 mins
    Workshop
    Advanced

    Let's experiment with several creativity tools (a Ball of Whacks, X-Ball & Y-
    Ball, etc. https://creativewhack.com) and brain storm some ways to relate Agile concepts to this very abstract tool for creativity exploration.

    We will create new never before seen games - using well known processes and new toys to the Agile community.

    I have the creativity tools - you have the brain.  Let's put them together and invent a new use for an existing tool, and a new game for Agile teams to learn old concepts.  We will use several play frameworks; LEGO Serious Play framework will be overviewed and incorporated into our play.  Also we will incorporate "Agile Game Incubator" workshop outline by McGreal & McCullough.