Agile Self-assessment Game
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The Agile Self-Assessment Game can be used by teams and organizations to self-assess their agility.
For agile teams, Scrum masters, Agile coaches, and consultants leading agile transformations.
All Agile Coaching Tools are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Format: PDF file and zip file with images for 52 cards and playing suggestions and experience stories
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Updated: Supports online playing with images of all basic agile cards!
The Agile Self-assessment Game helps teams to discover how agile they are and what they can do to increase their agility. It’s a PDF download with images for 52 cards with statements and playing instructions that is used by teams and organizations to self-assess their agility.
The game can be played by teams to reflect on their own team interworking and agree upon the next steps for their agile journey. It uses an engagement model to include team members in the assessment. Instead of imposing change on teams, the game enables people to pull in ideas for change and apply those in a way that best suits their needs.
Self-assessing your agility
There are no best practices, only good practices in context. When you’re on an agile journey you will need to adjust along the way and decide which practices you want to apply, improve, or abandon. The Agile Self-assessment Game helps you to do this, and more.
Teams can do agile self-assessments during their retrospective or at any time when they want to find out how they are doing and look for ways to improve. Organizations use the overall results from team assessments to decide where to invest in their agile transformation and decide what the next steps will be.
Want to play the game with multiple teams in your organization? Take a look at the Agile Self-assessment Game – Corporate Edition.
Please see my Games webpage if want to learn more about what the game can do and how to play it.
This game is also available in Czech, Polish, French, Dutch, German, and Spanish.
This game belongs to the Agile Self-assessment Game which is listed on the Agile Self-assessment tools and checklists page.
Get in touch with me If you’re interested in playing the game. If you want to get started, then you can download the cards and start playing (non-commercial use only).
Feel free to contact me anytime if you have a question, at Twitter @BenLinders, or via email [email protected]. I’ll be more than happy to help you.
- 2.3 Added three new playing suggestions. Cards have been tagged and numbered. New format, easier to produce cards.
- 2.2 Added more playing suggestions, experience stories, and book suggestions. Minor corrections to the card texts.
- 2.1: Added new playing suggestions, layout corrections
- 2.0: Fully revised, updated cards texts, removed Scrum cards to separate expansion pack
- 1.3: Minor changes to the card texts
- 1.2: Revised cards texts based on feedback received
- 1.1: Corrections of typos
- 1.0: First release
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Bart Wijnen, Senior Business Consultant and Scrum Master at Randstad Groep Nederland (verified owner) –
The cards help to get the team out of the daily work and daily mindset. The questions help the team to think about topics that are essential, yet are not on top of mind when asked directly.
Andreas Schliep, co-founder and executive partner at DasScrumTeam (store manager) –
I really recommend the Self Assessment Game for Scrum Masters or Agile Teams as a way to facilitate and focus the discussion about possible improvements. In a next step, the team can figure out how to improve in the identified areas on their own, or where they could use the assistance of an agile or technical coach.
Eugen Dragomir, Lean / Agile Coach (verified owner) –
I urged every Agile team to use this game, especially if there ia a new XP / Agile / Scrum team. The game will provide a real agreement between team members about different Agile issues.
Jon Bone, Delivery Partner at Endava (verified owner) –
The game really did add value and I got some real insight into the thoughts of people. The results were not surprising but the extent that people felt these was clear and we used this as a way to drive the key improvements required. This really helped highlight the challenges to Management and get the improvements pushed through
Nick Oram, Test Manager at CEMAR CMToolkit (verified owner) –
I would recommend the game as a valuable tool in assessing the viability of the agile methodology as an ongoing process, within a framework of continuous improvement.
Phil Ricci, Senior Agile Consultant (verified owner) –
Ben’s Agile Assessment game is easy to adopt and easy for teams to pick up. It enables team members to share their thoughts about where their team is (vis-à-vis agile) in a non threatening fashion and is fun too. I’d recommend that you give it a try.
Sam Fowler, Lead Scrum Master at Genesis Energy (verified owner) –
This game is a great way for teams to assess their agile maturity or progress. It’s nice and informal to play but creates great talking points for the team.
Peter Rubarth, Scrum Master, Agile Coach & Master Producteer (verified owner) –
The Agile Self-Assessment Game helped us to reflect on where we are in a fun way.
Paul van den Berg, Scrum Master / Coach at Shell (verified owner) –
I played the game with my teams to focus the discussion about possible improvements. It’s an easy and low level method to improve the agility of the team. I do recommend this as this was really helpful for my team.
Lisa Sieverts, Instructor at Harvard University Extension School –
I played the game with my students. The benefits we got are a better understanding of what needs to be in place within the team and organization for successful agile. It’s fun and a good way to start productive conversations within the team.
Dimitris Dimitrelos, Agile Coach at Accenture (verified owner) –
I played the game and it was very helpful. We realized our agile maturity level, recognized actionable improvements and had great fun and insights!
Brandi Olson, Founder and Chief Agelist at Brandi Olson Consulting (verified owner) –
The Agile Self-Assessment game is a great low-stakes way to get teams talking about what matters most to them in their Agile practice. Playing the game builds clarity and alignment on what Agile means to everyone on the team and helps team members meaningfully evaluate their agility. We were also able to surface unspoken priorities that had been strong influencers in the team dynamics but weren’t explicit. I’d recommend it for teams at any stage of maturity.
Joseph Procopio –
The benefits we got are really understanding the areas of Scrum that we do not do well. Going through the cards is a great way to get a team to think about how mature they are in agile and Scrum.
Marijke Vandermaesen, Functional Analyst /customer proxy at Cegeka (verified owner) –
A good assessment game for starting and experienced teams to find out where they can improve their practices. Easy format to be used in retro (if used in multiple sessions) to improve the overall working of the team.
Fina Piazza, Agile/Scrum- Transformation Coach at PROX6 (verified owner) –
I played the game with several teams to allow them to understand their maturity and to create an action plan on how they would like to grow. I recommend everybody to play the game, it gives your teams some good directions and focus!
John Koukaras, Senior Solution Architect at MIP (verified owner) –
Happy with the cards. The game enabled us to reflect on our team dynamics and what we can do to increase our agility and deliver more value to our customers and stakeholders.
Cristy Flaherty, Scrum Master at TSYS, CSM –
This is a wonderful way to get your team talking about how they are “being” agile! We had some very interesting discussions and several team goals have come out of this game.
Lesa Phillips Agile Coach at CSG International (verified owner) –
Playing the game we learned what we needed to improve and focus on related to our agility. I would recommend the game to not only new teams, but also to teams that have been together for longer periods who could just use a refreshing way to look at where they are.
Cormac Kelly, Responsible for mutidiscipline team delivering solutions for CME (verified owner) –
A variation on the usual method of retrospective. Fun and interesting. Our team enjoyed the structured method of the game and it provided an interesting new perspective on retrospectives. Highly recommended.
Kamil Wójcik, Scrum Master at CompuGroup Medical Polska –
The Agile Self-assessment Game is worth to recommend due to the fact that it helped to increase agility in a few of teams in my organization. Moreover it’s a perfect tool for engaging people to work together.
Amir Peled, Agile Coach at ING Software Development Center (verified owner) –
A fabulous game which helps the team to better understand where they are in their agile journey, generate some insight and determine what they can we do next to improve.
Art Snyder, Agile Coach at Vespa Corporation (verified owner) –
Excellent tool to engage the team in a collaborative and conversational manner. I played the game with a team struggling to get out of old habits while going through agile transformation. The benefits we got are individual and team awareness of rooted beliefs and opportunities to advance beyond these beliefs. This really got people talking and opened minds.
Becky Nixon, Scrum Master at Christian Aid –
Awesome game that instigated great conversation amongst the team and interestingly exposed who had more in-depth knowledge of Agile.
Rick Waters, Business Agility Coach at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (verified owner) –
The Agile Self Assessment Game is a very impressive tool for teams to show themselves their gaps or weaknesses, and where to focus their attention on improving.
Christine Schubert, Agile Coach at National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) (verified owner) –
It’s a great tool to use for a retrospective. The game engages the whole team and generates good discussion.
Michael Whitworth, Agile Coach, Trainer, Advisor, Consultant at Agileize (verified owner) –
Great game – very powerful providing wonderful insights.
Berry Kersten, Agile consultant at Improve Quality Services. –
I have played the agile self-assessment with multiple teams. The participants had little experience with (serious) games, but the game was self-explaining and the teams had great fun playing. The most valuable parts were the aha-moments of the team members during the discussions. As the agile self-assessment is played in low threshold manner, I would recommend it for every team that is struggling with improving the agile process.
Shaun Jackson, Principal Consultant at Escient (verified owner) –
The Agile Self-assessment game provides a great set of topics to consider using as a collective set, or as individual topics of focus. The game can be played as outlined, or the topics used in surveys, or other data collection, techniques to provide more holistic, and anonymous, feedback to the team.
Laurie Bondy, Agile Team Lead at CBC –
First off, I loved this game and my team enjoyed the free flowing discussion aspect of it. This is a great game for any team to open up discussion about their agile practises. I highly recommend this!
Anthony Akins, Principal, Agile Consultant at CA Technologies (formerly Rally) (verified owner) –
The benefits we got are a quick, simple, clean approach to understanding where we were and where we need to move forward. Anything that makes self-assessment and awareness more like a game is good. People become more relaxed and open to talking about strengths and opportunities for improvement.
Craig Eddy, Chief Developer at Empact Development (verified owner) –
We have used the “42 Point Test” as a retrospective activity in the past. While it gave some good insights, doing the activity didn’t engender the same level of conversation as did the Agile Self-Assessment Card Game. The game plays through quite easily and participants remarked that they exercise was quite valuable. We generated a ton of insights and even some concrete action items (which is relatively rare for this team).
Joseph Kane, Scrum Master at Capital One (verified owner) –
As a Scrum Master for several teams I can attest to the value of the Agile Self-Assessment Game for teams to explore important principles and topics. The addition of the expansion packs increases the value by allowing the team to focus based on the way the team works or what’s important to the team. I’ve used the game in retrospectives with great success. With simple instructions the team is able to self-organize to play the game and select a continuous improvement topic.
Sandy Mamoli, Agile Coach & Founder at Nomad8 Auckland, New Zealand –
I used them as described on the instruction card with a team. I liked the discussions the cards prompted: they surfaced a lot of things and had great conversations. Because the discussions were so good we only got through 4-5 cards in an hour but that was fine. We’ll just have more sessions in the future.
Alan O’Callaghan (verified owner) –
I played the game using a subset that closely corresponds to practices in the Agile Fluency Diagnostic. The benefits we got are engagement from the team and a 360 degree retrospection. The self-assessment game is a fun way for Agile teams to identify priorities for self-improvement.