Lean-Agile Learning through Games

Bill DeVoe

Most agile practitioners first learn agile by reading a book, attending a class, or attending local meetings. But learning lean and agile concepts works best when we're able to put some concrete examples and practice behind the concepts. By adding a set of games and exercises that teach and reinforce lean and agile concepts to our toolboxes, change agents can provide some practical basis for conversations both inside and outside their organizations. In this talk join experienced agile coach Bill DeVoe, as he shares two of his “go to” games. First, up will be The Name Game, a game that reinforces the downsides of multitasking and benefits of completing work. And second will be a modified version of the Scrum Penny Game – a multi-round exercise that demonstrates many lean-agile concepts, like flow, prioritizing value, and delivering small batch sizes over large ones. Following the workshop, attendees will be able to run these games with their teams, managers, and executives to help everyone learn the why behind lean-agile thinking.

About the Presenter

Bill DeVoe has been working in IT for more than twenty-five years and in agile for almost twenty, working with everything from small startups to Fortune 5 companies. He's coached and trained local teams, distributed teams, managers, and executives in lean, agile, Scrum, kanban, and scaled agile topics, and he's led transformations at the team and enterprise levels. Bill has presented and spoken at many conferences on a variety of topics, including agile transformations with HR and finance, distributed teams, and transforming a team to kanban and Scrumban.

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