Innovation games

Every Scrum Master and Agile Coach has to take a full packet of tricks but time to time we don’t know how to avoid the use of traditional way to do Retrospectives so thanks to Allison Pollard @allison_pollard who is Agile coach as well I discovered the website of “Innovation Games”.

Instant Play Games

This website is plenty of amazing games to do many activities such as:


bang-for-buck game








Objective: Collaboratively rank a project backlog based on estimated value and estimated cost

How to play: Lightbulbs represents the projects to prioritize. The y-axis is the value of an epic or story and the x-axis is the cost. Players responsible for assessing the value provided by a project focuses on getting the light bulbs in the right place vertically, while players responsible for understanding the costs puts each project in the right place horizontally.

This game could be very helpful for Product Owners in order to decide what are the most important (according to the cost) for the next Sprint.

See the post on and Scott Sehlhort’s post for more info on how to play.

Pros/Cons Game

pros-cons image









Objective/How-to-Play: As described by Dave Gray, the Pro/Con list is credited to Benjamin Franklin. In this game, we’ll give you some blue pluses and red minuses so that you and your distributed team can all explore an issue using a centuries old technique with modern tools.

This game is very helpful when you work with remote teams (something very usual at this time) to discuss about an important issue which requires the feedback of the whole team.

Actions for Retrospectives

appreciation puzzles risks wishes










Objective: Improve an event for the future
How to Play: Drag icons onto the chart and describe them. There is a different icon for each of the 5 categories:

Puzzles – question marks;

Wishes – stars;

Actions – fists;

Risks – bombs;

Appreciations – happy face.

This retrospective game is based on Nick Oostvogel’s Actions Centered.

Last but not least, if you need more ideas or activities to manage your Retrospectives head on

Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile. Why? I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible to implement it. Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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