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Agile Advent Calendar - Days 7-11

I'm a little late posting these advent updates so here are some links out to the LinkedIn posts I shared;


Day 7 - The Die Hard Retrospective - It's a good day to Retro hard


I donโ€™t care what anyone says. ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ and itโ€™s not Christmas until Iโ€™ve seen Hans Gruber falling from the Nakatomi plaza. Agreed? Yippekayaii


Use this retro template with your teams to identify who or what is the fly in your ointment? The monkey in your wrench.


Celebrate with a yippekayaii, your successes and make a plan for how youโ€™ll make next year better than the last!


Download the template here;



Day 8 - Decorate your team house - Christmas energiser


Try this quick festive energiser with your teams before a meeting or ceremony. Make it a competition amongst teams to see who can decorate the best Gingerbread house, perhaps as part of a virtual Christmas party!



Day 9 - The Christmas Hits retrospective - Merry Retromas


Try the Christmas hits retro to identify what's making your team feel blue this Christmas, and what might your fairytale ending to the next iteration look like?





Day 10 - An Agile Estimation poem


I saw a poem by Bryan Bilston about the Fibonacci sequence and it inspired me to adapt it for the agile world.





Each line of the below poem is written using the Fibanacci sequence, with each line becoming increasingly large and complex in the standard 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 style.


I find it to be a simple way to share with those new to the concept of estimation, to help them visualise how the size / complexity of something can scale.


Day 11 - Santas Workshop Virtual Game;


๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ด๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ - ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† 11 - Santas Workshop Agile Game (A festive spin on Game of Circles by Molood Ceccarelli)


On the 11th day of Christmas, the Virtual Agile Coach shared with me, a festive agile game!


In this virtual agile game, we bring agile to life through simulating sprints, retrospectives, planning & team collaboration





๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ?


- Would you like to introduce agile ways of working to a new team?

- Would you like to remind existing teams about some of the core principles of agility?

- Would you just like to have a bit of festive fun with your team?


Then this game is for you. Play this game with your teams or those within your company to show them in a very tangible way, how it feels to iterate, inspect & adapt and work together.





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