Summary of The Agile Self-assessment Game in 15 Tweets

In my 3rd book The Agile Self-assessment Game I explain what self-assessments are and why you would do them, and explore how to do them using the Agile Self-assessment Game. I’m also sharing experience stories from people who played the game. Here’s a summary of the book in 15 tweets.

This is a book for Scrum masters, agile coaches, consultants leading agile transformations, developers and testers, project managers, line managers, and CxOs; basically for anyone who is looking for an effective way to help their agile teams improve and to increase the agility of their organization.

I released this book in January 2019. It’s available in my webshop as a package together with the cards that you need to play the games. You can also buy the book on Amazon and in many online book stores.

The article Getting Everything You Need to Play the Agile Self-assessment Game describes what’s available for the Agile Self-assessment Game and where and how you can acquire what you need to play the game.

15 quotes from The Agile Self-assessment Game

Here’s a set of 15 quotes from the book The Agile Self-assessment Game. I’m tweeting these quotes with #AssessAgility.

Agile teams use self-assessments to find out how well they are performing.
With agile self-assessments, teams are free to decide what to do and how to do it.
Agile methods and frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe or Less, don’t tell you how to increase your agility.
Gamification is a great way to engage and involve people.
Gamification focuses on the intended outcome and the results, where games give attention to the rules and the processes.
Where many games have winners and losers, I prefer to play games in such a way that people don’t feel like they have “lost the game”.
People like to play games, it brings out their natural desires to socialize, self-express, and collaborate.
Agile coaches use self-assessments in agile transformations to guide teams and help them learn about agile to find their own way.
You can play the Agile Self-assessment Game in your retrospective to guide your agile journey and increase your agility.
If you want to monitor how your team(s) are improving, then health checks can be a very powerful tool.
Teams can ask their stakeholders to join the game so that they can decide together and get their support and commitment where needed.
Agile is not a destination, it’s a journey of questioning, exploring, and sharing ideas, in order to uncover better ways of developing software.
Teams can play the Agile Self-assessment Game as a sailboat futurespective to find ways toward their goals before they take off.
The role of the Angel’s Advocates is to explicitly react positively to ideas, thus rewarding the submitter for her/his contribution.
Agile Self-assessments help teams to see where they are to decide on the next steps to increase their agility.

Gamification drives Improvement

In my work, I apply gamification in a business and team working context. It’s about using practices from gaming to support professionals that are working together to deliver more business value; adding game aspects to their daily work to enable change and foster continuous sustainable improvement.

The Agile Self-assessment Game was the first game that I released early 2017. It’s now available in many languages:

Many of the games and exercises that I use in my workshops and coaching are now available as Agile Coaching Tools. You can download them from my webshop:

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Ben Linders

I help organizations with effective software development and management practices. Active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer.

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