Agile Games

Instructions, techniques, and approaches for interactive games that provide fuel for invention and learning!

These Agile Games were originally published on Tasty Cupcakes, a community-run website founded by Michael McCullough and Don McGreal after they presented a series of games at Agile2008 in Toronto. The site’s tagline was “fuel for invention and learning.” After 15 years at, the content has found a new permanent home here at Agile Alliance. All content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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This is a semi-self-paced retro designed to be done within 60-75 minutes. It uses the board from the board game Clue as a metaphor. This retro was designed for use […]
A mindfulness exercise that helps us to take the stance of not-knowing and to recognize how quickly we let ourselves be guided by our first impression. With this bias we often miss the chance to explore alternatives and thus leave even much better solutions uncovered.
Find a golden path to delivering maximum business value by benefiting from collaboration vs. getting stuck in dependencies. This new game will help your organization learn the dynamic and importance of dependency management in a fun and impactful way!
This game is designed to introduce the basics of Scrum by walking players through Scrum Events using the simple creation of a children’s comic book as the product. Here is […]
In these times of remote teams, it is always difficult to generate pleasant team dynamics. I have used this dynamic several times, it helps me to improve communication, cohesion, and […]
Introduction This exercise teaches the 10 Principles of Large Scale Scrum: It’s a great exercise as a warm-up activity for Introduction Training to Large Scale Scrum (LeSS) Preparation: Write on […]
Introduction Good workshop planning is key when facilitating workshops, training, and events. Often details of your workshop planning might be scattered across several mediums but this canvas brings it all […]
An online mashup of Ralf Kruse’s Kanban pizza and the penny flip game. The initial version was distributed to my network and I have seen at least one variation. This […]
This is a useful exercise to conduct in a classroom or together with your Scrum team. It creates alignment around the purpose of each event in Scrum and the roles […]
This card game simulates project management by having teams organize a deck into ordered suits, exploring efficiency through prioritization and limiting multitasking.
This is an exercise to help people understand why pair programming works; in particular why it produces better code. It has some usefulness for helping technical team members understand this, […]
Learning Goals Introduce Product Management skills, story splitting, and iterative product development in a simulation that we can all relate to–preparing a big holiday dinner. Holiday meals require lots of […]
This is a retrospective technique I learned from Esther Derby and Jerry Weinberg. I’ve extended it a bit differently into the analysis and deciding what to do portions as they […]
Background This is an idea I presented at the Retrospective Facilitator’s Gathering in May 2019. Newspaper articles tell stories based on facts. So this retrospective idea is to use this […]
In 1967, Melvin Conway introduced the idea that states “organizations which design systems… are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.” This has […]
Experience the power of letting go, how it feels like to trust and to focus on someone who is relying on you.
Understand Scrum aspects like transparency (Definition of Done) and basic Scrum process of inspection and adaptation. It is based on well known Paper Airplanes game and is modified to go away from the factory of producing as many airplanes as possible towards producing airplanes that are valuable.

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