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Systems Thinking with the Ball Point Game

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An introduction to Systems Thinking using the Ball Point Game, shared at the Regional Scrum Gathering in Toronto; March 27, 2018.

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Systems Thinking with the Ball Point Game

  1. 1. An Introduction to Systems Thinking with the Ball Point Game Jeff Kosciejew @kosciejew Chris Chapman @DerailleurAgile
  2. 2. Jeff Kosciejew @kosciejew Chris Chapman @DerailleurAgile
  3. 3. The Ball Point Game 2008
  4. 4. The Ball Point Game
  5. 5. The Ball Point Game
  6. 6. The Ball Point Game boris gloger contact me: boris.gloger@gmail.com https://borisgloger.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ball_Point_Game.pdf
  7. 7. Game Objectives • Pass as many balls through your team as possible in the time provided • Each ball that makes it to completion is worth one point
  8. 8. Learning Objectives • Introduction to: – Scrum • Planning • Retrospectives • Sprints – Estimation – Flow – PDCA / Continuous Improvement – Waste – Communication – …
  9. 9. Before we start… • We need teams with an approximately equal number of people per team
  10. 10. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point
  11. 11. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point • Dropped balls are defects, and count as -1
  12. 12. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point • Dropped balls are defects, and count as -1 • Only processed balls may be passed – To process a ball, you must pass it from one hand to the other, and then back to the first hand
  13. 13. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point • Dropped balls are defects, and count as -1 • Only processed balls may be passed – To process a ball, you must pass it from one hand to the other, and then back to the first hand Times Up!
  14. 14. Review
  15. 15. Review • We’re going to play another round • What one improvement would your team make in order to improve your result?
  16. 16. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point • Dropped balls are defects, and count as -1 • Only processed balls may be passed – To process a ball, you must pass it from one hand to the other, and then back to the first hand
  17. 17. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point • Dropped balls are defects, and count as -1 • Only processed balls may be passed – To process a ball, you must pass it from one hand to the other, and then back to the first hand Times Up!
  18. 18. Review
  19. 19. Review • We’re going to play another round • What one improvement would your team make in order to improve your result?
  20. 20. Review • We’re going to play another round • What one improvement would your team make in order to improve your result? • But first…
  21. 21. What is a System?
  22. 22. What is a System? • A network of interdependent components that work together to accomplish the aim of the system • A system must have an aim Without an aim, there is no system W.E. Deming, The New Economics 1993
  23. 23. What is a System? • A set or pattern of relationships that work together in some fashion. Systems can accomplish things that would be impossible if the same elements were put into random relationships, or none at all… Dr. Bill Bellows, 2010
  24. 24. What is a System Thinking? • A way of looking at the world: –Relationships over Unrelated Objects –Connectedness over Isolated Events –Process over Structure –Patterns over Contents –“WE” over “ME”
  25. 25. What defines a System? • Definable Aim or Purpose • Boundaries • Many Parts • Inputs/Outputs • Feedbacks • Emergent Properties
  26. 26. Each Part in a System… • Has its own purpose • Is interdependent • Interacts with others
  27. 27. We Cannot Understand a System… • By looking at a collection of its parts • Without looking outside of it for why it exists • By analyzing it (taking it apart)
  28. 28. Systems are... • Indivisible • A product of its interactions, not the sum of its parts
  29. 29. Ball Point Game as a System
  30. 30. Ball Point Game as a System Inputs Processes Outputs Ping Pong Balls Perceptions / Biases Rules Players Player Energy / 9am! Time of Day Room & Layout Bags & Bins Facilitators Facilitator Experience Good Bad
  31. 31. Ball Point Game
  32. 32. Ball Point Game W.E. Deming, The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education, Ch. 2 96%4%
  33. 33. Ball Point Game • What have we put in place that can be considered anti-systemic? • Did the improvement your team came up with at the end of the first round address the system or a part of the system? • What improvement would you make to the game, thinking about your whole system?
  34. 34. Review • We’re going to play another round • What one improvement would your team make in order to improve your result?
  35. 35. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point • Dropped balls are defects, and count as -1 • Only processed balls may be passed – To process a ball, you must pass it from one hand to the other, and then back to the first hand
  36. 36. Rules • Everyone on your team must participate • Each person must touch each ball • No passing to your immediate neighbour • Each ball must have air time • Start point = End point • Dropped balls are defects, and count as -1 • Only processed balls may be passed – To process a ball, you must pass it from one hand to the other, and then back to the first hand Times Up!
  37. 37. Review • We’re going to play another round • What one improvement would your team make in order to improve your result?
  38. 38. Ball Point Game http://dpwhelan.com/blog/uncategorized/learning-scrum-through-the-ball-point-game/
  39. 39. If you want more…
  40. 40. Systems Thinking TO meetup.com/SystemsThinkingTO/
  41. 41. Jeff Kosciejew @kosciejew Chris Chapman @DerailleurAgile

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