On Wednesday we played Changeban as part of the 2-day Advanced Agendashift workshop “Coaching and leading continuous transformation” in Cardiff. We spotted a couple of things to improve but they didn’t get in the way of either our fun or our learning! I’ve since made the necessary updates.
For the uninitiated, Changeban is based on Featureban, our popular kanban simulation game, played in workshops and meetups all over the world. Both games are licensed under a Creative Commons license, which in Featureban’s case has helped to generate a number of language translations and other variants. Changeban dials down on the kanban content, making space for a followup exercise in Lean Startup-style experiment design and workflow as applied to both feature development and process improvement.
Changeban’s mechanics are also a little different, reducing slightly the impact of blockers and allowing the game to flow faster. That’s mostly a good thing and I’m considering doing the same for Featureban, but it would be at the expense of the easy calculation of flow efficiency that the old rules made possible. If anyone wants to test the new rules on the old game, I’d love to hear how you get on.
Its landing page will get updated soon. If you’d like to get hold of the updated deck meanwhile, don’t let it put you off! And join us in the #changeban and #featureban channels in the Agendashift Slack.
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