All the best Agile teams I have worked with fully embrace x-skilled individuals, where each person can act in many roles. Handovers are reduced to zero and the whole team can focus on the highest priority with little waste.
But with all the specialist roles we have created it is getting harder and harder to put together a truly cross functional team; harder and harder to be Agile.
As a student it was known as the Rizzla game, when each player stuck a celebrity name on their forehead (written on a cigarette paper) and tried to guess who it was with yes or no questions.
Later, at "sophisticated" dinner parties we called it the Name Game, and it was played in teams where one person in the team described the celebrity and the others guessed who it was. Points made prizes.
Now, I'm proud to present The Scrum Glossary Game.
Download and print out the document
Cut along the lines to create a pack of Scrum Terms.
Put them in a hat.
One person takes a Scrum Term out of the hat and describes what it is to the team without using people's names or words on the card.
See how many the team can guess in a minute or two minutes then change around.
(optional) Print out two sets and then two teams can race to see how many they can get in the same time.
This game was developed with the excellent insight of Leti (currently learning to be a Scrum Master), and it works brilliantly. Thanks Leti.
Can you squeeze an entire agile coaching plan onto one A3 sheet? I thought I'd find out.
With thanks to my friend Paula Shelton at plain English specialists www.write.co.nz I was recently introduced to the A3 process introduced by Toyota and popularised by John Shook.
Of course, no self respecting modern consultant, manager, team leader or dog walker could fail to understand the power of a simple A3 sheet. But I hadn't heard before of the Continuous Improvement possibilities, just through the addition of a gentle process.
I have a lot to learn about this. Not least the responsibilities and peer review aspects of the process, and the rigour with which it must be applied.
No matter. I have dived straight in and turned my favourite agile coaching plan into A3 format, and I present it here for your delight. Enjoy.