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 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.
This game, developed by Ben Linders, has been played at the XP Days Benelux 2016, Oefeningen voor Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives, Retrospectives Facilitators Gathering 2017, 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 team, 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.
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 conjunction with Agile Greece I'm giving in-house workshops in Athens on Getting More out of Agile and Lean in the week when the summit takes place. More →September 21, 2017 - September 23, 2017 at
I will be playing the Agile Self-assessment Game with teams at Lean Agile Scotland in a 90 minute mini-workshop More →October 4, 2017 - October 6, 2017 at John McIntyre Conference Centre
Join my Workshop Getting More out of Agile and Lean in London Oct 17-18 to learn how to effectively apply agile practices for teams and their stakeholders More →October 17, 2017 - October 18, 2017 at London (TBA)
I will give a mini-workshop Dealing Effectively with Impediments at Bosnia Agile Day: one-day event that brings world-wide Agile Evangelists, leading Agile experts, practitioners and innovators together to share their experiences, expertise, enthusiasm and knowledge. More →October 21, 2017 at Holiday Hotel
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
I will be playing the impediment game from my workshop Getting More out of agile and Lean at Lean Kanban France 2017. Also planning to do a full day workshop. Details to be announced. More →November 28, 2017 - November 30, 2017 at MAS
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 that 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!