Learning Lean-Agile Flow Through Games

Lean-agile concepts can be easily misunderstood and sometimes a good exercise can help solidify the ideas. Attendees will learn about flow, bottlenecks, local versus whole system optimization, and delivery of value by participating in a series of small group exercises. The exercise is a modified version of the Scrum Penny Game and will help them understand how visualizing work, managing flow, and prioritizing value can improve any system, but especially their Scrum and Kanban-style implementations.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Introduction - 2 minutes

Spirit animal exercise - 5-10 minutes. Link to the exercise can be found here: http://www.velocitypartners.net/blog/2017/08/01/spirit-animals-agile-exercise/

Workflow exercise - 5-10 minutes per round with a 3 minute retrospective following each round. This will be a modified Scrum penny game that focuses not only on flow (including bottlenecks and local optimization) but also on the actual value being delivered. A link to the original exercise can be found here: http://www.velocitypartners.net/blog/2017/03/23/modified-scrum-penny-game-agile-exercise/

Q&A - 5-10 minutes

Learning Outcome

Attendees will understand the core concepts for lean-agile thinking. They'll also learn the benefits of optimizing the whole system (not just local optimization), how to identify and resolve bottlenecks in their workflows, and the benefits of prioritizing customer value in order to maximize their delivery value.

Target Audience

Anyone looking to understand managing flow and delivering value in Scrum and Kanban-style systems.

Prerequisite

Attendees of any level of experience can benefit from this workshop.

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  • George Dinwiddie
    By George Dinwiddie  ~  3 months ago
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    Hi, Bill,

    Your outline doesn't give the reviewers much to go on. And I'm not sure your abstract will reach out to the people you want in the session. I suggest enhancing both of these.

     - George


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