It’s difficult to teach the principles of Lean and Agile simply by lecturing. People need to experience the principles by themselves to get a feeling for how it all works. By playing a game, you can gain experience without messing up your daily work or getting engrossed in the technical details. This is why games and simulations are used to help people learn and evolve in a better direction.

With the Kanban Pizza Game 2015, participants can discover what Kanban feels like. While other Kanban games are usually focusing only on the mechanics of the board and on the flow in an existing Kanban system, the Kanban Pizza Game (initially developed by Agile 42) teaches you how to get from an existing process to a Kanban system.

The Kanban Pizza Game by agile42 is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.



Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Narrative courtesy of Agile 42:

The Kanban Pizza Game was initially developed by Agile 42: detailing valuable learning objectives for participants:

  • Experience how a Kanban system emerges from an existing process (like we do it in the real world)
  • Experience a whole Kanban system (as opposed to focusing only on the Kanban board and related mechanics)
  • Understand that boards are context-dependent: for any given process there are many different board designs that are adequate and useful, but not necessarily one single optimal board
  • Understand the effects of limiting your Work in Progress
  • Experience self-organization and adaptation
  • Have fun!

My enhanced 2015 version introduces additional features to the game that reflect real-life impacts to individual and team performance.  The new features include:

  • Incentives
  • Scope change
  • Capacity variability

Learning Outcome

Participants gained a powerful insight and hands-on learning of:

  • The core Kanban principles
  • Transparency
  • Workflow visualization
  • Value stream
  • Prioritization / impact
  • Requirements
  • Scope change
  • Waste
  • Throughput
  • Flow theory
  • Measurements
  • Cycle time
  • Batch sizes
  • Queues
  • Blocked items
  • Bottlenecks
  • Systems thinking
  • Kaizen/continuous improvement

I have been running this workshop for teams all over the world and have introduced as a core module to the Product Owner training that I deliver.  

The workshop is an excellent training and coaching opportunity for anyone involved in producing a product.

Target Audience

Anyone involved in the development lifecycle or production of a product

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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