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Play to Learn: Agile Games with Cards and Dice

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Play is a powerful method to learn! Come and play some simple agile games that use playing cards, index cards and dice to explore the different values that are at the foundation of Agile and Lean development practices. In addition to your own insights, you may be able to take these game back to work to share with your co-workers.

This is a hands-on session so come prepared to have some fun!

There is no "right" answer to what you're "supposed to" learn from a game, so come ready to discover your own insights into software development processes and teamwork.

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Play to Learn: Agile Games with Cards and Dice

  1. 1. Three Cards, Three Celebrities • Write down a living celebrity on each of three cards. • Return the cards to the front.
  2. 2. Play to Learn! Agile Games with Cards and Dice Mike Clement @mdclement mike@softwareontheside.com http://blog.softwareontheside.com
  3. 3. Manifesto for Agile Software Development We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
  4. 4. Principles of Agile Software Development • Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. • Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. • Deliver working software frequently. • Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. • Build projects around motivated individuals. • The most efficient and effective method of conveying information is face-to-face conversation. • Working software is the primary measure of progress. • Agile processes promote sustainable development. • Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility. • Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. • The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams. • At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then adjusts accordingly.
  5. 5. Principles of Agile Software Development • satisfy the customer • changing requirements • deliver frequently • work together • motivated individuals • face-to-face conversation • working software • sustainable development • technical excellence • simplicity • emerge from self-organizing teams • team reflects
  6. 6. “Play just lights things up”
  7. 7. Die Card Die Clement Version
  8. 8. Die Card Die Debrief
  9. 9. Au Contrair
  10. 10. The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth. -Niels Bohr
  11. 11. Birds of a father, flock together
  12. 12. Birds of a father, flock together Opposites attract
  13. 13. Look before you leap
  14. 14. Look before you leap He who hesitates is lost
  15. 15. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  16. 16. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Out of sight, out of mind.
  17. 17. A stitch in time saves nine.
  18. 18. A stitch in time saves nine. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  19. 19. Au Contrair Debrief
  20. 20. Sinking Celebrities
  21. 21. Sinking Celebrities Debrief
  22. 22. Manifesto for Agile Software Development We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
  23. 23. Resources Me • @mdclement • mike@softwareontheside.com • http://blog.softwareontheside.com • http://utahsc.org • @utahsc • http://pluralsight.com Agile Games • http://agilemanifesto.org/ • http://tastycupcakes.org/ • https://groups.google.com/forum/#!f orum/agilegames • http://agilecodegames.com

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