Learning By Playing Meetup

One year – Learning By Playing Meetup

As an Agile Coach, I often use simulations to let a teams experience the theory, especially at training classes. I find these simulations are the best way to let the audience have the aha-effect and gain a deeper understanding of the underlying theory. I was eager to find more of these so-called serious games, especially...

How a Sprint should look like

The Sprint (and common misunderstandings)

I am writing this blog post because I again recognised a current misunderstanding of how the Development Team works together in a Sprint. You might notice, that I am not a football expert, but I will use a football (ball-game) metaphor to explain what I mean. I will only address the most common problems...

Impact Feedback

Impact Feedback

One way to give feedback How often do you hear feedback like this “You are always too late for our Daily Standup. Don’t you respect your teammates?” “What is wrong with you? Why do you always have to interrupt me during a meeting? You are such a rude person.” How would you react when you...

Consonants and Vowels

T-Shaped Game – Consontants and Vowels

Learnings Unter einer Begriff “T-Shaped Person” verstehen wir eine Person, die 1-2 Spezial-Themen beherrscht (der senkrechte, stabile, tragende Balken des Buchstaben “T”) aber sich auch in anderen Bereichen zumindest ansatzweise auskennt (die horizontale Balken des T, der in beide Richtungen schaut). Ein “T-Shaped Team” setzt sich damit zusammen aus Spezialisten auf verschiedenen Gebieten. Diese...

Barnga - Cultural Integration

Barnga – Managing Cultural Clash

Learnings In jeder Organisation oder in jedem Team existiert eine bestimmte Kultur, Bräuche oder ungeschriebene Gesetze, die den Mitgliedern häufig gar nicht (mehr) bewusst sind (da sie täglich gelebt werden). Diese Übung macht bewusst und erlebbar, wie sich diese Kultur auf die Integration eines neuen Teammitglieds auswirken kann. Anzahl Teilnehmer mindestens drei Teams mit...

Lean Workflow Design Game

Lean Workflow Design Game

Learnings Die Übung zeigt, wie man als Team besser in der Bewältigung von Aufgaben werden kann, in dem man in kurzen Iteration Veränderungen ausprobiert (die zu einer Verbesserung führen können), deren Auswirkungen reflektiert und daraus lernt. Es macht ein Vorgehen nach dem Demingkreis (Plan, Do, Check, Act) oder hier Plan-Do-Measure-Reflect-Learn anhand einer einfachen Aufgabe erlebbar. Neben...

Learning By Playing Meetup

Frist Learning by Playing Meetup in Hamburg

On October, 10th the first Learning-by-Playing Meetup in Hamburg took place. I founded this meetup with my fellow serious gamer, Karsten, who I met at #play14 in London two years ago. What is this Meetup about? In my work, I often use simulations or games to let people experience new ways of working –...

Team Improvement

Improving as a Team

How do you become better in a particular field as an individual? Let’s assume, you want to master an instrument, and your vision is to one day play a solo in the Elbphilharmoie in Hamburg. You will practise, focussing on different elements such as rhythm, the accuracy of pitch and length of the notes,...

(Fast) Feedback for Workshops and Meetings

(Fast) Feedback during Workshops and Meetings

When people attend a workshop, they invest time or money or both. Thus, it should be in the interest of the organiser, trainer or facilitator to provide this value. To find out if the expectations of the participants are met, their feedback is invaluable. Thus, often the facilitator hands out a feedback questionnaire at...