One of best parts of putting this newsletter together each month is unearthing how Innovation Games are changing how people do work, all over the world. This month we have reported on Speed Boat, including a mashup with Swot Analysis, details on using Innovation Games in ScrumMaster training, the ScrumKnowsy iPad app, and more…
Speed Boat meets SWOT
Show me someone in the working world who hasn’t used SWOT Analysis? Raise your hand if you’ve played Speed Boat. Ever mashed the two together?
No, well, Joshua Arnold of CostofDelay.com has and writes, “I’ve run a few SWOT analysis with senior managers and teams, to help them identify and share strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. What would be great to do is combine the boat metaphor [from Innovation Game’s Speed Boat] and the safe environment — and add to it a bit by identifying both negatives and positives, as well as make more explicit what is inherent to the organization itself and what is beyond their locus of control.”
Arnold’s combined game is covered in detail on his website. Do you have a game mashup to share? Let us know!
Speed Boat Short Takes.
Arnold wasn’t the only person posting about Speed Boat. Check out these posts as well on how folks are putting the game to work:
- The product manager blogger behind Tisquirrel.com writes about how Speed Boat can ease the most uncomfortable and most important part of retrospectives, what went wrong and what went right.
- David Koss writes about attending an Innovation Games workshop at PaloIT in Paris in April, where he explores how to use Speed Boat to solve organizational problems.
Innovation Games + Scrum = Awesome
Qualified Instructor and Enthiosys President Jason Tanner recently teamed up with Carlton Nettleton to co-teach a Certified ScrumMaster class. Innovation Games have long been used in the Agile community; the techniques work really well with common agile practices, but it’s still cool to hear about how the games are being put to use.
In this post, Carlton details how he and Jason incorporated both online and in-person games into the class, including 20/20 Vision, Prune the Product Tree, Speed Boat, Buy a Feature and Knowsy (ScrumKnowsy, of course).
Carlton writes, “The online games are really powerful. During our course, Jason demonstrated how to use the online games for retrospectives, market research and release planning. Seeing the new and interesting ways that Jason had used the online games as a collaboration tool intrigued me.” Read more about how Carlton and Jason incorporated Innovation Games here.
ScrumKnowsy: iPad or Browser-based?
ScrumKnowsy is now available as an iPad app, allowing you to play the standalone, personal version without a wifi connection and discover how your Scrum practice stacks up against such Scrum luminaries as Jeff Sutherland, Jim Coplien, Jens Østergaard and Jeff McKenna.
Want to play online, alone or with your team? Save and export your results as you improve and grow your Scrum practice? Register and play online at www.scrumknowsy.com.