Alex Boutin led a session on the prize winning new game The Big Payoff. This game teaches how to maximize portfolio value, finish small projects so you gain value each quarter, and use Agile to have small projects that yield value each quarter
Agile & Ethics: Jay Conne led a discussion about the ethical basis of the Agile Manifesto. Agile is based on ethics, but they are implied and need to be exposed. One takeaway is that the Agile Manifesto states that we value X over Y, not X instead of Y.
Elevator Pitch: sell Agile to the CEO in 20 seconds: In this open space session, we discussed how to quickly sell Agile to a CEO. Here’s the outline of our elevator pitch:
- Intro: Recognize and state the CEO’s problem, challenge, or opportunity in his language, or just ask what is his biggest problem
- Meat: State that you’ve been thinking about the same problem, and that Agile tools & practices can solve it.
- Close: Set up a longer follow-up meeting to go into details.
This is a sales pitch. Make sure you rehearse so you don’t choke under pressure. Use the CEO’s style: if he is a hierarchical, high power distance person, behave that way; if he is an egalitarian, low power distance person, play that way.
Moss led an open space session on Games for Programming. One good idea is TDD Ping Pong: I write a test, you make it pass; then you write a test, and I make it pass. Another good idea is Test from a Hat: write the tests; put the test names in a hat; in random order, make the tests pass.
Short Games with Movement: This session was too much fun. We played numerous fun games that make you move and that quickly teach their lesson. Here’s the list of games: