Agile doesn’t have to be dry and boring, and games are great learning tools.
When you turn a complex concept into a game, you lower the stakes and invite fun into the process. Plus, learning games can inspire higher levels of motivation and engagement.
If you spend your time guiding folks in an Agile environment, you need a list of hands-on activities that can help your teams with everything from Retrospectives to technical debt.
My favorite place to find new games to try with my teams is TastyCupcakes.org. Silly name, but a great resource for agile games of all varieties.
Here are some of my top games for Agile Teams:
- Piggy Bank Scrum Simulation in Remote. The author adapts the classic Scrum game to work for teams that have to collaborate from home.
- 21 Jedi – Improve team transparency and collaboration with this game that combines Blackjack and Star Wars. (Yes, you read that right!)
- “Hitting the Target” — Business Value in Mission-Focused Organizations. Help your team understand how to prioritize work that will produce value, even in a volatile business environment.
- Wellbeing North Star. Use this game on an individual or team level to figure out the best way to center your goals.
Before choosing just any game for your team, think about their maturity level. Avoid throwing an inexperienced team into the deep end before they’re ready. And do your best to never subject an experienced team to a game for beginners.
What are your favorite Agile Games? Tell us about them below!
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