Play an Innovation Game

  • June 19, 2012 · 5:45 PM
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I recently did an Innovation Games workshop with Luke Hohmann. Innovation Games are a form of qualitative market research that provides an environment in which you can discover unknown unknowns about customer / user / stakeholder needs. In simpler language: they're a fun way to figure out what to build and when.

There's a list of Innovation Games at: http://innovationgame...
Ones that are particularly useful on Scrum projects are "Product Box" for visioning, "20-20 Vision", "Prune the Product Tree" and "Buy a Feature" for prioritisation. The one I'm most interested in playing is "Buy a Feature". That also happens to be one of the most challenging to run with a large-ish group but hey, let's give it a go!

Each player in the game is provided a set amount of money with which to purchase features. You can't buy all the features you want with the cash you have so you need to pool your cash with other players (customers).

Feel free to bring your own Monopoly (or real) money!

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  • Julian H.

    I thought this went really well. some very useful ideas to take away. Even the little speedboat game tacked on at the end was useful.

    June 20, 2012

  • Martyn

    Good technique to get stakeholders engaged, discussing & negotiating.

    June 20, 2012

  • Yawen

    The session was very informatiive and interactive. The games are a great way to get participation and generate discussions amongst the group. Thanks to everyone who organised last night. As usual Stuart was a great host and Atlassian venue is excellent and convenient to get to. Great presentation and facilitation by Rowan and Jay as well! :)

    June 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great event. Lot of fun. Very helpful.

    June 20, 2012

  • Wahid S.

    As usual, new ideas & good workshop :)

    June 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The games got everyone interacting and were pretty interesting. Was definitely worth attending.

    June 20, 2012

  • Jeremie

    Small group and great input for the community

    June 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you're interested in Buy a Feature, then you may also be interested in Hands On Release Planning with Poker Chips: http://hillside.net/plop/2007/papers/PLoP2007_Yip.pdf

    March 14, 2011

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