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A 2-page overview of each of the InnovationGames(tm) from www.innovationgames.com, and examples of how they could each be used by an Agile team
Innovation Game® Use to... Remember the Future Understand “what success looks like” and how to get there Give Them a Hot Tub Use “outrageous” ideas to discover hidden/differentiating features New Me and My Shadow Use observation to uncover hidden needs Product Box Identify the most exciting features/needs The Apprentice Create team empathy for the user experience Start Your Day Learn how the product is used in context (e.g. across time) Existing Show and Tell Identify the most important existing features SpeedBoat Discover what people don’t like about the product Spider Web Understand product relationships and context Buy a Feature Prioritize features and create consensus on the result Priority 20/20 Vision Identify top-priority features Prune the Product Tree Shape the product’s growth -- often across different areas -- to user needs across time Remember: “product” and “features” can refer to more than just running code! Team process and procedures, toolsets, a project, documentation, a Sprint/Iteration, an Agile adoption, a new team member, SOX compliance, a project suite, strategic direction...© 2010 Kumido Adaptive Strategies www.kumido.com
Innovation Game® Use to... Examples Remember the Future Understand “what success By helping her Team create a shared roadmap of the steps to a fully-deployed looks like” and how to get there system, a Project Manager helps her Team maintain focus during the project. Give Them a Hot Tub Use “outrageous” ideas to A Product Owner suggests “one-click pyramid scheme” to stakeholders prior to discover hidden features Iteration Planning, and “Automatic Fraud Notification” gets added to the backlog. Me and My Shadow Use observation After shadowing a ScrumMaster, a Dev Team making Scrum planning software to uncover hidden needs discovers that their system needs Excel import/export and email capabilities. Product Box Identify the most An Agile consulting company creates boxes containing “their ideal client” exciting features/needs to provide their Sales team with criteria for seeking and qualifying leads The Apprentice Create team empathy A UX Designer charged with improving workflow for the new help desk for the user experience system gets the entire Dev team to use the existing help desk system on the job Start Your Day Learn how the product is During a Retrospective, a ScrumMaster learns how his Team’s process helps used in context (e.g. across time) (and hinders) their effectiveness during each day, week, Iteration, and release Show and Tell Identify the most By having Marketing demo how they use project reports to make product press important existing features releases, an Agile PMO eliminates wasted effort in the company’s processes SpeedBoat Discover what people An Agile champion within a company helps senior execs identify the biggest pain don’t like about the product points/costs of their existing waterfall process and gains buy-in for Agile Spider Web Understand product Before shopping for a new version control system, a Dev Team explores how relationships and context they and their existing system interacts with QA, Operations, and User Docs Buy a Feature Prioritize features and create A Director of Development for a global company selects next year’s project consensus on the result initiatives using input from 15 senior stakeholders across 5 timezones By helping stakeholders compare individual Features against each other, 20/20 Vision Identify top-priority features a Business Analyst identifies the top Features for the next Iteration Prune the Product Tree Shape the product’s growth By identifying “limbs” (major areas) and “apples” (Features) on a tree representing to user needs across time a healthy system, a ScrumMaster helps stakeholders create a release plan Remember: “product” and “features” can refer to more than just running code! Team process and procedures, toolsets, a project, documentation, a Sprint/Iteration, an Agile adoption, a new team member, SOX compliance, a project suite, strategic direction...© 2010 Kumido Adaptive Strategies Innovation Games® © The Innovation Games Company, Inc. www.kumido.com