There are now three versions of my agile release planning game so I thought I would add them to the site so people can download them directly:
The original version
The basic game covers release planning and also the challenge of planning for new features, fixing defects and being impacted by technical debt. It works well when leading discussions about velocity charts, replanning and technical debt.
It is set on Mars and involves the team planning how to survive or leave Mars. The version attached contains additional complexity around having the team set clear priorities (survive, continue with a scientific mission or work on leaving). But some people prefer to ignore the scientific goals of the project to simplify the game, in which case they tell the team to focus only on surviving. The components are:
An older version of the game had events the impact the team as well as defects and stories. Generally I have ignored the events so I have removed them from the following folder. So the following folder contains stories and defects … although you may find that the status report is all you need to track defects: ARPG Story Cards and events v1.1
The iteration planning / Kanban extension
The following version can be played on its own (though you will need to read the facilitators guide above and use the story cards). Alternatively it can complement the game above if you use it to replay a couple of the iterations in the orginal game.
It is designed to focus on storywalls and resource allocation during the iteration. The team allocate people to different stages of story development (effectively – elaboration, build and test/deploy). Then, during the life of the iteration they encounter bottlenecks and re-assign people to provide better flow through the team.
Debriefing this extension can lead to great conversations about “activity versus throughput” and the potential issue of testers sitting idle for a week and then being flat out for a week (and hence becomming a bottleneck).
The lost alphabet extension
The latest addition to the family comes from Brazil and was created by Eduardo Meira Peres.
Eduardo has created a simplified version that can be explained and played quicker than the original. He has also changed the problem the team face. They no longer have to survive on Mars, but instead they must work with a tribe here on earth who have lost their alphabet.
The intriguing problem that the team must now solve is to use an agile process to help the team re-invent the alphabet from scratch.
I believe this extension is available in both Portugese and English, though I have only provided the english version here:
Please feel free to use any of these versions – and let me know how you go.