The Scaling Ball Game
The Scaling Ball Game
experience scaling issues by playing
About the Book
Everyone and their mother talks about scaling.
Yet most have never really experienced scaling. The scaling ball game, let people experience scaling. No theory, real practising how scaling feels. And it allows you to experiment with solutions in a safe environment.
This book will also teach you how to play different version of the ballpoint game.From the original, over a one ball version to a scaled version for more than 100 people.
Do you want to know upfront what is going to happen with your Distributed Scrum Teams? The Ball Point Game is one of the better games to play. During my last experience with Yves I was surprised that even I stepped into the old mistake; out of sight out of mind. What a simple physical whiteboard can do when you put it between two Ball point teams is amazing.
Who has attended a Scrum training, probably has played the ball-point game. The 'scaling' ball point game takes the same game to a higher level: You experience the pains of growing teams and working with multiple teams: trying to optimise the flow as a whole. The scaling ball-point game probably should become de facto part of a 'scaling' agile course.
The ball point game of Boris Glover has been a classic in agile trainings for a while. Yves and Markus add new dimensions to it, not only by scaling it up to different teams, but also by introducing middlemen, bugs, obstacles that simulate districbuted working, …. The result is a fun and instructive game that gives participants the opportunity to experience the problems scaling causes and time to reflect on how to get flow in such situations. A must for agile teams in large environments.
Jan De Baere
Being through a couple of large scale initiatives I was curious to see what the game had to offer. It turns out the game visualises a lot. The situations are very recognisable and the outcome is comparable to real life scalability issues. The Scaling Ballgame is a good game to experience when you are about to start an – even limited - scaled initiative.
- Expected benefits of participating
- What did the session creators hope to learn?
- How to make your life easier
- Tips for first time presenters
- The Ball point game
- The One Ball point game
- The Kanban Ball point game
- The DevOps Ball point game
- The Online point game
- How to play without Balls at hand
How to run the Scaling Ballgame
- Round 1 [1 team] :
- Round 2: [2 team’s] :
- Round 3:
- Round 4:
- Group retro:
- The Scaling Ball Game in smaller groups
- The Scaling Ball Game in mid-sized groups
- Things learned
- How did it feel?
- Questions you could use to gain more insights:
- Questions on swapping team members:
- Other questions
- About the authors
- More on the DevOps ball game
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