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Innovation Games for Agile Teams

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Qualified Instructor Jeff Brantley will be teaching a one-day Innovation Games for Agile Teams class at Sabre in Dallas, TX on August 10. The class has a few spots open and Sabre has allowed us to offer them to the public. 
 
The class focuses on applying Innovation games to classic Agile Practices like Roadmapping, Backlog Prioritization, Team Retrospectives and more. 

  

Friday, Aug 10, 2012

9:00 AM  -  5:30 PM Central

Location: Sabre Holdings, Southlake, TX

Register here

Cost: $695  

Agile 2012 

The Agile Alliance's annual conference stampedes into Dallas on Aug. 13, and a herd of Innovation Games Trained Facilitators and Qualified Instructors will be speaking during the week-long conference (30+ at last count). We'll be there in force, so be sure and check out the program.  But don't miss talks by Luke Hohmann, Michael Sahota, Brian Bozzuto, Jeff Sutherland, Maria Matarelli and more.

 

 

13-17 August 2012

City: Dallas, TX

More Info & Register

  

Two Slots Open! Innovation Games for Customer Understanding @ Sabre

Luke Hohmann is teaching dedicated  two-day class for Sabre in Dallas, TX August 14-15, and Sabre is allowing us to open the few remaining slots to the public.

 

The interactive class prepares participants to plan, facilitate and post-process both online and in-person games. Based on case studies and rooted in our "Learn by Doing" philosophy, attendees will gain the skills to put Innovation Games to work the moment they are back in the office. 

 

August 14-15, 2012

Location: Sabre Holdings, West Lake, TX

Timing: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Central

Pricing: $895

Register here.

Innovation Games Training in Silicon Valley

Deb Colden is teaching our next Bay Area Innovation Games class on August 23-24. Like all our classes, this in-depth and interactive course includes instruction on all phases of both online and in-person games, including facilitation, game design and select and post-processing. 

 

Date: 23-24 Aug 2012 

City: Mountain View, CA 

More Info & Registration here.

 

Innovation Games Online 101

Our online class is for individuals who want in-depth training on how to use our online game platform Innovation Games Online. The 6 hour class, spread over two days is an online offering and will give attendees the experience and practice they need to be comfortable planning, facilitating and playing online Innovation Games.

 

Instructor: Jason Tanner  

Date: 29-30 Aug 2012; 6 PM - 9 PM Eastern 

Location: Virtual

Pricing: $195*

 

More Info & Registration here.

 

*Registration includes a 3-month professional subscription to Innovation Games Online. 

Effective Sharepoint Requirements w/ Serious Games  

IGQI and 21apps CEO Andrew Woodward is offering a one-day intensive workshop on using Serious Games to discover SharePoint requirements in London on 12 Sept 2012. 

 

The class give participants practical, hands-on experience using Innovation Games, Game-storming and 21apps-developed techniques to improve the quality of business requirements and stakeholder engagement and understanding.

   

Date: 12 Sept 2012

City: Islington, London, UK

Pricing: £350 

More info & Registration

Innovation Games Online 101: European Edition

Ulf Hannelius is offering our online class for individuals in the Euro time zones who want in-depth training on how to use our online game platform Innovation Games Online. The 6 hour class, spread over two days, is an online offering and will give attendees the experience and practice they need to be comfortable planning, facilitating and playing online Innovation Games.

 

Instructor: Ulf Hannelius

Date: 24-25 Sept. 2012; 1 PM CEST

Location: Virtual

Pricing: €195*

 

More Info & Registration here.

 

*Registration includes a 3-month professional subscription to Innovation Games Online. 

Seattle: Innovation Games for Customer Understanding 

IGQI Steve Sato is teaching a two-day Innovation Games for Customer Understanding class in Seattle, WA, on September 27-28, 2012.

 

The interactive class prepares participants to plan, facilitate and post-process both online and in-person games. Based on case studies and rooted in our "Learn by Doing" philosophy, attendees will gain the skills to put Innovation Games to work the moment they are back in the office. 

 

Sept 27-28, 2012

Location: Seattle, WA

Timing: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Pacific

Pricing: $895 early bird*; $1,195 general admission

Register here.

 

*Early bird pricing ends Aug 23, 2012.

Washington, DC: Innovation Games for Customer Understanding 

IGQI Jesse Fewell is teaching a two-day Innovation Games for Customer Understanding class in the Washington, DC area on Oct 1-2, 2012.

 

The class prepares participants to plan, facilitate and post-process both online and in-person games. Based on case studies and rooted in our "Learn by Doing" philosophy, attendees will gain the skills to put Innovation Games to work the moment they are back in the office. 

 

Oct. 1-2, 2012

Location: Washington, DC

Timing: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern

Pricing: $895 early bird*; $1,195 general admission

Register here.

 

*Early bird pricing ends Sept. 10, 2012.

Innovation Games Comes to Winnipeg! 

Luke Hohmann will be teaching a one-day Innovation Games for Agile Teams class as part of the SDEC 2012 conference in Winnipeg Canada on Oct. 17, 2012.

 

The one-day interactive class focuses on applying Innovation Games to classic Agile Practices like Roadmapping, Backlog Prioritization, Team retrospectives and more. 

 

Date: 17 Oct 2012

City: Winnipeg, Canada

Venue: SDEC 2012, Victoria Inn

Cost: $495 Early Bird; $695 General Admission

Register

Greetings!

 

Welcome to latest issue of Your Next Move!, our monthly newsletter covering the latest news, events and announcements from the Innovation Games®

community.

Knowsy Knows Scrum  

Introducing Scrum Knowsy®!

   

There's no denying the popularity of Scrum. Thousands of organizations and individuals around the world have gone agile, using Scrum every day 

Jim Coplien Introduces Scrum Knowsy
Jim Coplien introduces Scrum Knowsy 

to build working software. But how does their Scrum practice compare with their co-workers and teammates? Are they in alignment? Does their Scrum practice align with their boss? Or with Scrum Leaders like Jeff Sutherland, Jens Østergaard or Jim "Cope" Coplien?  

 

Scrum Knowsy® knows how they compare, and excels at helping individuals and organizations improve their Scrum performance by aligning teams on roles, responsibilities and practices--all through a fun and easy-to-play game. (Check out Cope's take on Scrum Knowsy in the video intro above.)

 

Agile 2012 Debut

We've got a great party planned at Agile 2012 in Dallas next week to welcome Scrum Knowsy to the world. You won't want to miss the limited edition t-shirts (and a sweet price on subscriptions) for the first 500 who sign up before August 17. 

 

Luke Hohmann will be handing out shirts all week at Agile 2012--and holding a Scrum Knowsy and Innovation Games Game Fest on Wednesday, August 15 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM in Texas 6 at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center. (Thanks a million to VersionOne for hosting the shindig!) 

 

Be sure to follow Luke (@lukehohmann) and Scrum Knowsy (@scrumknowsy) on Twitter for the latest info on the launch.  And be sure and check out http://playknowsy.com/p/scrumtide for info about getting your chance to play Scrum Knowsy!


From the Blog

Improving Team Performance Through Games 

Luke Hohmann
Luke photo 

 

If you're lucky, you'll have the experience of working in a high-performing team early in your career. As you continue working, you will soon realize that high-performing teams are truly magical, and more rare than you might have first expected. And if you keep working, you will find yourself becoming committed to creating high-performing teams. You won't succeed every time, but you'll try.

 

It's a mission that I've worked on for most of my professional life, and in this post I'll explore how Knowsy®, our latest gaming platform, can improve the performance of teams by helping them reach alignment on a number of dimensions critical to high performance. I'll focus specifically on Scrum Knowsy®, a version of Knowsy that was created in collaboration with several leading experts in the Scrum Community from Scrum Tide.

 

High Performing Teams Really Are Different

Let's look at two teams comprised of people of roughly equal intelligence, experience and motivation. Let's further stipulate that the teams have roughly equivalent domain knowledge -- meaning, if they work in automobile insurance industry, they have roughly the same amount of knowledge on "how" the automobile insurance works. Finally, let's grant the teams roughly equal levels of knowledge and experience in the tools they use in their job.

 

Even with all of these aspects being equal, we know that there will be differences in team performance. Researchers have studied this for a long time, trying to identify differences in performance, so that managers can improve the same.

 

One consistent result is that high performing teams align on a number of key dimensions. They share a core set of values in what kind of work matters and how it should be done. They agree on how the work should be distributed within the team and in who should tackle specific assignments. And even if they don't realize the influence of organizational, community, and societal culture, high-performing teams find ways to agree with each other on a host of important items, such as when they take vacation or what kinds of training are appropriate for the team. 

  

Click here to read the entire post. 

 

Agile 2012 

T-Shirt Contest is Back! 

 

We had so much fun with the Innovation Games Maria Matarelli Photo Contest last year at Agile 2011, we just had to bring it back. It's been a great year for Innovation Games, with 11,000+ subscribers to Innovation Games® Online, hundreds more Trained Facilitators, new Qualified Instructors, and the impending launch of Scrum Knowsy®. (Trust us, you'll love it.) 

 

Help us celebrate, and get a chance at winning some cold, hard cash ($500 for the winner!), by getting your photo snapped with an Innovation Games Trained Facilitator at Agile 2012. (Don't worry IGTFs, you can play and win too!)

 

Play to Win!

It's easy to play and win. Grab a camera, snap your photo with as many Innovation Games Trained Facilitators as can be found and upload those photos to Flickr. (Click here for a list of IGTFs who are speaking at the event or involved in the organization.) Trained Facilitators can play as well. Find complete details here.

 

Leader boards

To find out who is racking up the most points and who is participating, check out the leader board. We'll be searching Flickr for the latest photos and posting the leaders each day until the contest deadline. 

 

Can't wait to see your pix on Flickr! 

 

Agile 2012
You Won't Want to Miss This ...  

 

Agile 2012 is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited. In addition to our own CEO and Founder Luke Hohmann, 30+ Trained Facilitators and Qualified Instructors  are speaking on such topics as retrospectives, agile sustainability, portfolio management and more. (Not to mention, the members of the Innovation Games Community who are Conference & Stage Organizers.) 

 

If you're heading to Agile 2012, be sure and check out their sessions. (And show you're a true fan and get a photo snapped for a our Agile 2012 Photo Contest.) 

 

IGTFs & IGQIs Speaking at Agile 2012

(Check out the complete schedule and follow them on Twitter here.)

  • Lyssa Adkins Trained Facilitators at Agile 2012
  • Skip Angel
  • Brent Barton
  • Tarang Baxi
  • Brian Bozzuto
  • Rowan Bunning
  • Susan DiFabio
  • Israel Gat
  • Ellen Gottesdiener
  • Peter Green
  • John Heintz
  • Chet Hendrickson
  • Luke Hohmann
  • Oana Juncu
  • Ed Kraay
  • Diana Larsen
  • Robbie Mac Iver
  • Maria Matarelli
  • Dan Neumann
  • Dhaval Panchal
  • Jeff Patton
  • Brian Rabon
  • Anders Ramsay
  • Kenny Rubin
  • Tamara Sulaiman Runyon
  • Mike Russell
  • Michael Sahota
  • Alan Shalloway
  • Brad Swanson
  • Chris Sterling
  • Michael Tardiff
  • Derek Wade

 IGTF/IGQI Organizers

  • Mitch Lacey
  • Diana Larsen
  • Steven "Doc" List
  • Bob Sarni
  • Michele Sliger
Click here to read more.

Cyberspace Roundup 

TIVO wants Innovation Gamers, Barcelona Meetups, UK Product Boxes and more! 

 

The best part of putting together this newsletter is seeing how Innovation Games® being put to work around the globe, in every industry imaginable. This month we have Job Reqs from the US and France, Meetups in Spain, Product Boxes from the UK and more. Cheers to the Innovation Games community for helping people all over the world get real work done through games.  


Do You Know Innovation Games? You're Hired!

Nothing says you've made it like being listed as a requirement in a job req. Seriously. We were thrilled when we stumbled across not one job description,

Hire mebut two (in the U.S. and France) that list Innovation Games knowledge as a key skill.  

 

For Innovation Gamers looking for a new gig, check out the links below. And let us know if your 

company values Innovation Games

and Gamestorming skills in its new hires.

 

Software Engineering Manager, UI

TIVO, Alviso, CA

 

Software Engineer/Developer (Java/J2EE)

Talenteo, France

 

Innovation Games Meetup: Barcelona Edition

Sixteen Gamestorming and Innovation Games enthusiasts

Ramon Crespi Remember the future
Ramon Crespo facilitates Remember the Future

gathered for an Innovation Games Meetup a few weeks ago in Barcelona. Organized by Ramon Crespo and Marc Florit, the group played three games, including Remember the Future and the Gamestorming game Empathy Map. (Check out our online Instant Play version here.)

  

"Great session design by Ramon and Marc," reports organizer Xavier. "[We got] a taste of three games with different purposes and different audiences, and a smart role-play setting that added fun to the session and provided a lesson on creating personas." Check out the event photos and Barcelona's Gamestorming and Meeting Facilitation Meetup group here.

 

Product Box in Action 

21apps' Andrew Woodward brought Product Box to the

Andrew Woodward's Product Box session at the International SharePoint Conference
Andrew Woodward's Product Box session at the International SharePoint Conference

International SharePoint Conference 2012 in London this summer. Andrew's session revealed how people can use the power of innovation games for discovering and negotiating about user requirements--in this case, for a SharePoint 2010 intranet. Check out the video of the event, which shows how Product Box is used for the discovery phase. 

 

Andrew, an IGQI and IGTF, is also teaching an Effective SharePoint Requirements with Serious Games class this September in London. Get more details and register here.

And he's going to be bringing the first official Innovation Games class to Australia this October (Tenative dates Oct. 24-25). Interested parties stay tuned! 

    

South African Innovation 

Trained Facilitator Grant Leibbrandt's South African

Innovation Games
Innovation Games

company Affordable Ventures is spreading the Innovation Games message in Africa. In this case study posted on the Capital Access Forum, the author details how Affordable Adventure's Interactive Solutions used Innovation Games to Rentokil liven up its HR and marketing events over the past 3 years. More about Innovation Games for interactive marketing here


Meet the Team 

Our Mad Scientist in Stockholm

 

Ulf Hannelius is our mad scientist turned Innovation

Ulf
Ulf Hannelius
Games Trained Facilitator and Qualified Instructor. After more than a decade of molecular biology, human genetics and cancer research, he has changed course to pursue a career in innovation and change management. Yeah, a big change. Ulf got Innovation Games® training, earned his MBA, and voilà, he is now the founder and CEO of Aneega AB, a market research and strategy consultancy based in Stockholm, Sweden. When he is not busy being a serious play megastar, he enjoys spending time with his family and savoring his wife's cooking.

  

What is your favorite Innovation Game?

I think Buy a Feature is my favorite since it works great both in-person and online. Participants/sponsors easily understand the underlying value; it is fun, and it yields immediate insights on what to prioritize and why.

  

What makes you smile?

When my 3.5 year-old daughter is singing or when she says "I'm tired ... I need some medicine" (meaning chewing gum).

 

What has been your proudest moment? 

Becoming a father of course, and I think also founding my own company.

 

What is your favorite place on earth? 

While home is always home, I would have to say at a restaurant on the beach on Hawaii, enjoying a delicious breakfast buffet. 

 

If you could meet any famous/historical person who would it be?

Difficult question... Maybe Leonardo da Vinci and pick his brain for some fantastic ideas.

  

Who do you want to play Knowsy with?

Oh, the list is long, but if I have to pick one person it must be my daughter. She is still a bit too young to understand Knowsy, but soon... 

Have any news about the Innovation Games® community?  Email us at info@innovationgames.com.

 

Can't wait for the next newsletter? Do you have to know what's new with Innovation Games®, right now? Find out what's happening with us at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and our blog.    

 

Sincerely,

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Tami Carter
VP, Marketing
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