A water serious game about the organization of cross-functional teams
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You’ve made it. You are now officially into the beverage market. “A cocktail deli counter”: that was your pitch to the investors. Customers come in and choose freely the ingredients of their cocktails. Basically like a deli counter, but about cocktails!
Everybody is there for the grand opening day! People are waiting outside. Success is yours… If you can make it!
Welcome into the atmosphere of this water serious game.
Yes, you read it well. It’s a serious game with water.
Can’t wait to discover the game? Jump directly to the end of the article!
Many thanks to Alexandre Agostini for coming up with the original concept and for helping to build the first version of the game!
Why and How of the game
This serious game revolves around a team with a given distribution of the skills among its team members. Through different scripts, the participants will see the consequences of several skill distributions in the team. In particular:
- Only having specialists, highly-skilled but only able to perform a single kind of task
- Only having generalists, able to perform any task but with a only an average efficiency
- Mixing specialists and generalists
Any ressemblance to actual software development teams is purely intentional.
The substance of the game is enacting Mike Cohn’s demonstration that he made in the following article:
Cross Functional Doesn’t Mean Everyone Can Do Everything
Perhaps the most prevalent and persistent myth in agile is that a cross-functional team is one on which each person…
The form of the game is made of the following ingredients:
- A touch of role-play with a fictional situation and atmosphere
- Some stress because the game is timed and the cocktail requests are given without a break
- Some collaboration, in the limit of the rules of the game
- Some competition when several teams take part in the workshop
Which bounds this workshop to be a lot of fun since, as my daughter taught me:
Water-based games are always fun.
(Water-based games, and anything about pee and poop. Guaranteed effect! Guessing how old is my daughter is up to you.)