Category: Work is Play

5 December 2018 / Work is Play
Live Action Roleplaying as a teambuilding event? Hell yes!

Some of our Co-Learning colleagues have this peculiar hobby, called LARP or Live Action Role Playing. The most common roleplaying exercise that can be descriped as LARP is the well-known Murder Mystery Dinner, where you find yourself in a story, with of course a murder, and this murder needs to be solved. Actors play the deceased and other important figures who drop clues in order...

16 May 2018 / Agile & Scrum
The 5 liberating whys

  Object of Play Some teams are struggling with re-enforcing behaviors and can’t seem to find why they can’t find the cause. If teams seem unable to reach the goal for their iteration, it’s good to go hunting for root causes.  The 5 why’s technique was formally developed in the 1930s by Sakichi Toyoda, one of the fathers of the Japanese industrial revolution. Here is...

20 December 2017 / Less is More
Wishing you all the best!

And then comes that time of the year again, where we look back at a slightly more turbulent year than expected, but with a lot of plans and expectations for the year to come! The team is now starting to take some time to rest and renew in the company of their families, but not before wishing all of our friends, colleagues, Co-Friends, Co-Workers and...

13 December 2017 / Work is Play
Evil Mastermind: for when planning poker becomes unbearable

For when planning poker becomes unbearable. Are people starting to get absent minded during planning poker? Is it hard to stop everyone from speaking at the same time? Object of Play Traditional planning poker follows a quite repetitive setup: Evil planning poker is a great tool to bring fresh energy and focus in your Poker Planning sessions. It uses an idea from the Mastermind Hotseat...

22 November 2017 / Agile & Scrum
Change Management Impact Matrix

Ralph and I often work with teams who would like to implement Scrum or other frameworks that fit within an agile mindset. You can implement this bottom down: Management decides they would like to use Scrum as a framework. Another approach is bottom up. One or more software development teams learned about Scrum, and they decided they want to start implementing it. Implementing Scrum, or any agile...

27 September 2017 / Agile & Scrum
3 Little pigs retro for Distributed teams

3 Little pigs Retro for Distributed teams Object of Play Finding out new insights and points to improve by looking at the current solution in a way that guides thinking in very brittle to rock sloid components. This version is an adaptation of the 3 little pigs retrospective in the excellent Fun Retrospectives book (www.funretrospectives.com) . This online version is suited for distributed teams. The...