Spice Up Your Agile Everything - Games, Gamification, and Fun

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The Atlanta Scrum Users Group is proud to have a great local voice in the agile community speak at our next meetup as the gang welcomes Matt Badgley of VersionOne.

Session Description:

Have your retrospectives turned into nap time?

Do you stand ups make you feel like you are living the movie Groundhog Day?

Would it be more pleasant to have bamboo shoots stuck under your fingernails than go to sprint planning?

Are there story cards on the board that are actually collecting dust?

Can you measure your technical debt trillions?

We are going to look at the challenges of keeping everyone engaged, and how the concepts of games can help us facilitate work, how gamification can help engage, and how other concepts around games can help us turn the — "not this again," into something we may enjoy.

During the session, we talk about the different types of games, the basic criteria and good practices to create your own games or adapt other great games, and then we’ll work together to create our own games based on specific situations.

From the session, you'll learn what games other people in the workshop use, see how games can not only help facilitate but more importantly help us get work done, and as a bonus, you’ll walk away with a handout with resources to existing games as well as the steps to create your own games and or look to use gamification.


Matt Badgley
Lean/Agile Coaching Lead and Product Consultant at VersionOne

With a career in Information Technology that has surpassed drinking age, Matt has wore one too many hats in roles from Systems Analyst to Programmer to IT Manager to Programmer to Director. He’s a seeker of new ideas and learning new things. Matt's passion has been working with product delivery teams to develop into their own identity and simply build valuable solutions. Matt has been apply Lean Agile ideas for a long time and leveraging their underlying practices with both a pragmatic and experimental purpose. At the end of the day, Matt believes in integrity, hard work, trial-and-error, people, and faith.

You can learn more about Matt at, http://www.linkedin.com/in/mattbadgley or read his blog at http://agilebacon.com or connect with him via Twitter, his handle is @agilebaconbeer.