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ACTIVITY

Agile Manifesto Bingo

Basic

difficulty

Stage 1

Agile IQ® Level

Mindset

Practices

Introduction

This activity is designed to help improve awareness of:

  • The Agile Manifesto
  • What activities and behaviours the team has done that align to the Agile Manifesto and its principles

Activity: Agile Manifesto Bingo

Timebox: 30 minutes

This activity can be run as a Retrospective or team training event.

What you’ll need

  • Agile Manifesto poster (download below).
  • A visual reward to give to those who act according to the Agile Manifesto (download below). Use the certificate, make your own, or provide some kind of reward. Behaviours that are rewarded are more likely to occur in the future.
  • Sticky-notes.

Preparation

Timebox: 10 minutes.

  • Print out the Agile Manifesto and principles and hand out a copy to everyone in the group.

Set the scene

Timebox: 5 minutes.

  • Talk through the poster, the values and 12 principles.
  • Answer questions about what each item means.

Gather data

Timebox: 10 minutes

  • Read out the first item in the Agile Manifesto’s principles
  • Ask each person to consider if they saw something that a team member did in the last few weeks (or Sprint) that aligned with that item of the Manifesto.
  • Write that person’s name and what they did on a sticky note.
  • Someone can call out BINGO! if they have written down 5 different people who have demonstrated behaviours from the Agile Manifesto.
  • Keep going until all 12 items of the Manifesto have been read out or until someone has called out BINGO!

Generate insights

Timebox: 20 minutes.

  • Start with the person whose called BINGO!
  • Read out the person and what they did.
  • Discuss the context of the instance. Use the Five Ws as a pattern – what, where, when, why, how.
  • Identify the key behaviours the person did.

Decide what to do

  • Identify some key cues that will help the team repeat the behaviour next time.
  • Commit to repeating those next Sprint.
  • Take the items into Sprint Planning an integrate it into the Sprint Plan.

Download

Agile Manifesto Poster

Download the Agile Manifesto (PDF) to print and use to help your team understand what it means to have an agile mindset and work in an agile way with agile principles.

Agile Mindset Certificate

Download the Agile Mindset Certificate (PDF) to print and use to help in this exercise.

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