The Agile Self-Assessment Game can be used by teams and organizations to self-assess their agility. Playing the game enables teams to reflect on their own team interworking and agree upon the next steps for their agile journey.
With this card game, they can discover how agile they are and what they can do to increase their agility to deliver more value to their customers and stakeholders.
There isn’t a standard route to become agile, you have to find your own way. Methods and frameworks don’t tell you how to increase your agility. The Agile Self-Assessment Game is an “agile map” that inspires you with ideas and suggestions on where to go next on your agile journey.
The Agile Self-Assessment Game consists of 52 cards with statements on applying agile practices. There are tons of ways to play with these cards to help teams to improve. You can use them for chartering teams, in your retrospective, at a games night or in an open space, in a coaching retreat, or at any other occasion where you want to learn and have some fun.
Agile Self-assessment Game€9.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
Business Agility Expansion Pack for Agile Self-assessment game€1.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
DevOps Expansion Pack for Agile Self-assessment game€1.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
Kanban Expansion Pack for Agile Self-assessment game
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Scrum Expansion Pack for Agile Self-assessment game€1.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
The game is also available as a French and Polish edition:
Agile Self-assessment Game – French edition€8.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
Agile Self-assessment Game – Polish edition€9.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
DevOps Expansion Pack for Agile Self-assessment Game – Polish edition€1.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
Scrum Expansion Pack for Agile Self-assessment Game – Polish edition€1.99 (Excluding VAT) Add to cart
This game, developed by Ben Linders, has been played at the XP Days Benelux, Oefeningen voor Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives, Retrospectives Facilitators Gathering 2017, Lean Agile Scotland, Agile by Example, Agile Tour Lille, and at many other occasions.
The Agile Self-assessment Game (cards, instructions, supporting materials and extensions) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
If you want to use the game commercially, please contact Ben Linders ([email protected] or +31 6 2901 3863).
Compatible with all agile frameworks
From version 2.0 onward the Agile Self-assessment Game has become a full agile game. The card texts are based on the manifesto for agile software development and generally accepted agile principles and practices. This makes the game useful for all agile teams, whether using Scrum, Kanban, XP, Lean, DevOps, SAFe, LeSS or any other agile framework.
Specific agile frameworks are supported with expansion packs with additional cards. Currently, the following packs are available:
Find this game and other agile assessment tools at Agile Self-assessments on BenLinders.com.
History of the game
Many of teams that I work with want to find out how agile they are. I started searching for tools and checklists which I tried out. Usually, I needed to do some tailoring to suit the specific needs of the teams/organizations that I work with.
I found many checklists and tools that can be used for self-assessment. They are listed on the Agile Self-Assessment webpage, a page that I have been maintaining since September 2013.
Early 2016 I created the first version of a card game for teams to do Agile Self-assessments. I based the game on the Agile 42 point test and used ideas from some of the other.
I started using the game in my workshops to teach agile practices and when I coach teams to help them reflect and improve at their own pace. Every time I used it I adapted the game by improving the statements on the cards, dropping cards and adding new cards.
Driven by the success that I had with the game in consulting I decided to go public. I played the game at several conferences and meetups to find out that people really like it. Playing the game felt natural to them and the in-depth discussions about agile that the cards triggered helped teams to take action.
As a was getting more and more requests from people who wanted to play the game with their teams, I decided to offer the possibility to download the game in my webshop. Initially, I offered it for free, but due to the great feedback that I received from those who played it, I decided to ask a small price for downloading it. Apparently, the game brings value, so it makes sense that I ask people to pay for it. This also warrants the time that I invest in updating the game and adding playing suggestions. People who download the game also get Free Lifetime Support (FLS) via email.
The game initially contained cards for general agile practices and for Scrum specific practices. Since sometimes teams don’t use Scrum I decided to split the cards. I created the basic agile game and the Scrum Expansion Pack. Together with Berry Kersten I then created the DevOps Expansion Pack.
At this moment (Nov 2017) the Business Agility Expansion Pack and Kanban Expansion Pack have been released I’m updating and expanding the Scrum Expansion Pack. When these updates are released then there will be 156 cards in total. I’m also adding more playing suggestions for the game.
This is what people say after playing the game:
The cards help to get the team out of the daily work and daily mindset.
This is a wonderful way to get your team talking about how they are “being” agile!
The game really did add value and I got some real insight into the thoughts of people.
Ben’s Agile Assessment game is easy to adopt and easy for teams to pick up.
We realized our agile maturity level, recognized actionable improvements and had great fun and insights!
Playing the game builds clarity and alignment on what Agile means to everyone on the team and helps team members meaningfully evaluate their agility.
It’s a great tool to use for a retrospective.
I play the agile self-assessment game in many of my public workshops, to teach how to use it in retrospectives or to increase the value of your agile and lean journey. I also use it in in-house workshops to help teams and organizations to reflect, learn, and take action to increase their agility. Contact me for details.
In the workshop Valuable Agile Retrospectives for Teams in Istanbul on November 24 you will try out different retrospective exercises and learn how to effectively facilitate retrospectives in agile teams. More →November 24, 2017 at Agile Mentor Academy
Full day Workshop Getting More out of Agile and Lean with Ben Linders in Paris, November 28, 2017, at Lean Kanban France #lkfr17 More →November 28, 2017 at Paris
Assessing your Agility
I provide many services for assessing your agility and can help you to increase delivered value using the Agile Self-assessment Game.
Services offered are in-house workshops and public workshops which include playing the Agile Self-assessment Game, agile assessment for your team, department, or organization, facilitation for playing the game at your event (conference, meetup, hackathon, game lab, etc), and tailoring the Agile Self-assessment Game to your specific needs. Contact me for details.
As a senior adviser and coach with more than thirty years of experience in software development and management, I’m there to guide you through your agile journey and help you increase your agility to deliver more value to your customers and stakeholders!
In need of advice, consultancy, training or workshop? Have a question? Contact me!