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Some say YES, some say NO, I say give it a try and we’ll find out!
The Daily (Stand-Up/Scrum) meeting is for us the most beautiful meeting in Scrum, people should interact and connect to help each other, share valuable information, resonate and inspire one another, build a collective emotional intelligence.
But this does not happen all the time, usually the Daily lacks focus, energy and ends up in a wasted 15 minutes catch-up that brings value to no one. How can we change that and bring the Daily back to where it should be, a fast paced, efficient meeting that helps the team members listen to each other, support and achieve their Sprint Goal throughout the Sprint?
Agile games help us understand agile practices better and experience complex situations that lead to innovative solutions, while creating a safe-to-fail environment. The Agile Coach/Scrum Master plays an important role in ensuring the success of the agile games, as he/she is the one who can make a game amazing or simply destroy it. Bringing an agile game to the team is like a ritual:
The Daily Stand-up Game is a very simple and fun activity that can help you bring the Daily back to its original value and perform it fast and efficiently. The Team is motivated to actively listen to each other in order to identify the mistakes they are making and correct them while happening.
We identified 5 common dysfunctions/patterns that surface during the Daily and built personas for each:
Superman - the one who never has an obstacle
The Blogger - the storyteller of the Daily
The Bird Watcher - not making eye contact or staring at one person
The Brocken Record - the one who talks a lot, but nothing relevant for the team
The Parenthesis - the problem solver of the Daily
Basic Rule: If a person is talking and one of the 5 mistakes is noticed, the team members shows him/her the corresponding card. The person then corrects their mistake and continues in the proper way.
Different possibilities to fit your team’s needs:
Benefits of the Game:
* Whoever is bringing the Game to its Team needs to respect the most important rule:
make it PLAYFUL. If you show a card to a colleague, you need to do it in a funny/fun/pleasant way that does not offend anyone. A playful reaction can disarm a Manager being corrected within the Meeting (most of the time).
* The Game is continually being improved; new cards with positive messages to celebrate achievements and signal collaboration and high performance are currently WIP.
* The Game does not work for everybody, same as for Scrum. Some teams loved this activity, others did not. That’s the agile flavor - we need to Inspect & Adapt.
This Game was born from the voluntary and passionate work by the Crickets - Rade and Raluca :)
You can download the cards for FREE from Agile Cricket website if you subscribe to our Blog, or you can buy the card decks at Agile Stationery.