A 7-features model to assess the intrinsic value of an Agile game [dec 2018]

To respond to enterprises eager to become Agile and to infuse Happiness at Work [1], new products and professional services such as graphical workshops [2a] have emerged into the market place under the buzz formula "Agile games".

To help managers understand what these products and services might bring to them [2b], we released early 2017 a study which featured a taxonomy of four classes of business instruments for Agile execution [3a][3b] :
  1. management frameworks, 
  2. management methods, 
  3. design canvases,
  4. [Agile] games.
To assess how an Agile game really differentiates versus frameworks, methods and canvases, we made a comparative study on
  • the Agile game Planning Poker®, which is probably the first Agile game launched into the global market place, 
  • the Agile game Delegation Poker, and
  • the Agile game La Maîtrise d'Usage® [4].

This study found that these Agile games share 7 features :
  1. Business usage and scope : as most Agile games are used for Agile transformation (training, team upraisal / team building, Agile retrospective...), these Agile games are used for Agile execution : on a daily basis, they help managers and team members to cope with business management issues.
  2. Management doctrine  : an Agile game captures a management doctrine which targets  a specific management issue such as planning, teamwork efficiency or innovation [5].
  3. Support documentation : the documentation (printed, video,...) defines the business scope and expectations, elaborates on the linkage between the management doctrine and the Agile game and shares use cases derived from real projects.
  4. Game design and material : er...An Agile game is a game.
  5. Franchisor : an Agile game is brought to the market by a franchisor [6a] who is tasked with developping market awareness and a network of qualified partners.
  6. IP rights : an Agile game bears intellectual property rights which are leveraged to nurture a fair and sustainable ecosystem [7].
  7. Creator : an Agile game bears a design created by a person who deserves attribution for it [6b].

  • [6a] [6b] Agile game franchisors and creators (official sites) :

To go beyond this Agile games 7-features model, the consulting SME Do-Khac Decision, France, has launched for 2019 New Year  "Agile games Étrennes 2019", an operation to call IT managers to offer their business partners a direct experience with genuine Agile games [8].

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Planning Poker® is a registered trade mark of Mountain Goat Software, USA.
La Maîtrise d'Usage®  et ProtectShareIP®  sont des marques enregistrées par Do-Khac Decision, France.

Nomination 2014 et Trophée 2015

La pédagogie "Short MOOCs en Réseau" a été retenue par la plateforme d'innovation ouverte de l'association Pacte PME recherchant pour le compte d'une entreprise membre un outil innovant de transformation numérique des ressources humaines.

L'innovation frugale du "Personal MOOC" a été élue Trophée IT Innovation Forum, catégorie Enterprise Mobility / Collaboratif, par les membres du CRIP (une association de responsables d'infrastructure et de production informatique) présents au forum le 27 janvier dernier.

Trophée IT Innovation Forum pour le Personal MOOC