Self-management and Self-organization: Agile Games with Motion

schedule Feb 28th 11:30 - Jan 1st 12:00 AM place Esquire

Self-management and self-organization are important themes in Agile software development, but what do they actually look like?  We pontificate about worker empowerment, but then we revert to command-and-control: our product owners mandate project scope and deadlines, and our Scrum Masters assign tasks to team members.  Why can’t we let teams be self-organized and workers be self-managed?
These activity-based learning activities are kinesthetic learning games.  Players learn by playing fun, physical games of movement.  These games create a social atmosphere and a full body and mind experience that make it easy and fun to learn.  We’ll play five games, including Line Up, 60 Paces, Triangles, Human Knot, and a special surprise game.
In this session, we explore and experience self-management and self-organization via Agile games.  You will leave with a deep internalized understanding of self-management and self-organization and an appreciation of how they work better than command-and-control.  You’ll be able to share these games with your coworkers.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Agile games! Move around, use your body! Learn by experiencing!

Learning Outcome

You will internalize knowledge of self-management and self-organization.
You will be able to share and teach it to others in your organization.

Target Audience

Anyone who wants to be great at self-management and self-organization

schedule Submitted 6 years ago

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  • Doc Norton
    By Doc Norton  ~  5 years ago
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    Hi Richard,

    Many of the conference attendees are requesting presentation slides. We find that your proposal on is not updated with your session slides. Could you please update the talk at your soonest convenience?

    - Doc


    • Richard Kasperowski
      By Richard Kasperowski  ~  5 years ago
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      Hi, Doc! The session was a no-slides interactive experience. Here's a description of some of the activities we did together .


  • Richard Kasperowski
    By Richard Kasperowski  ~  6 years ago
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    @Nitin: Thanks for the encouragement! Yes, I have run this session in 45 minutes, so no problem with that.

    @Jim: Thanks for the kind words!

  • Nitin Ramrakhyani
    By Nitin Ramrakhyani  ~  6 years ago
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    Hi Richard,

    Went through your blog link and read the game descriptions and all of those look pretty interesting and fun. Would you be able to cover al 5 in 45 mins? I'm sure you have timed these. Would have been interesting if instead of playing all 'Self-organization' games, you could include other aspects so draw more learnings. Just a thought/ wishlist.

    Look foward to it, personally.



  • Jim McCarthy
    By Jim McCarthy  ~  6 years ago
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    This will be a great and important talk. Richard is a great presenter, and I can see doing this life changing work with him, for him, or even just as an applauder and fan, in India, and all over the world. It is truly cross-over, a tremendous outreach and embodies perfectly the spirit and fruit of Agile.

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