Jon Jagger’s

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Backlog

4 work tables

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Kanban 1’s Game

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Backlog Creation
Throw one dice.

Backlog Creation
The number is the 1st story card’s estimate
4

Backlog Creation
Throw one dice again.
4

Backlog Creation
The number is the 2nd story card’s estimate
4 3

Backlog Creation
Throw one dice again.
4 3

Backlog Creation
The number is the 3rd story card’s estimate
4 3 5

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Backlog
Story cards enter the 1st work table in strict order
4 3 5 3

Backlog
Story cards enter the 1st work table in strict order
4 3 5 4

Workers
There are 2 workers per work table

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Dice
At the start of the game each worker has 6 dice

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Days
Each “day” the workers throw their dice

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1’s
Each 1 thrown counts as 1 unit of work.

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Work
Workers use units of work to complete story cards

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Work
Workers use units of work to complete story cards

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Work
Workers use units of work to complete story cards

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Work
Workers use units of work to complete story cards

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Work
Completed story cards are moved to next work table

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Work
Completed story cards are moved to next work table

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Work
Completed story cards are moved to next work table

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Work
Completed story cards are moved to next work table

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Work
Completed story cards are moved to next work table

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Split
Workers can use 1 unit of work to split a story card

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Split
Workers can use 1 unit of work to split a story card

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Split
Workers can use 1 unit of work to split a story card

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3 2

Split
Workers can use 1 unit of work to split a story card

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3 2

Split
Workers can use 1 unit of work to split a story card

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Split
Workers can use 1 unit of work to split a story card

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Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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4 2

Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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4 2

Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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4 2

Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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4 2

Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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4 2

Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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4 2

Combination
Working and Splitting can be combined

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Helping
Before throwing dice each day...

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Helping
A worker may lend dice to another table...

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Helping
A worker may lend dice to another table...

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Helping
...but must put aside and not use an equal number

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Helping
...but must put aside and not use an equal number

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Bugs?
After moving completed story cards...

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Bugs?
...t wo dice are thrown for each story card...

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Bugs?
...if the total is 10 then...

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Bugs?
...1 unit of work is added to the story card...

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Bugs?
...1 unit of work is added to the story card...

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Bugs?
...if the total is 11 then...

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Bugs?
...the story card goes back 1 work table...

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Bugs?
...and starts again...

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Bugs?
...and starts again...

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Bugs?
...if the total is 12 then...

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Bugs?
...the story card goes to the back of the backlog...

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Recap
Ten days per sprint, each day... 1. add story cards to backlog? 2. help other tables by lending dice? 3. roll the dice on all tables 4. use your 1’s on their table; work and split 5. move completed story cards to next table 6. check for bugs (including cards in backlog) At the end of a sprint 1. record velocity 2. do a retrospective 3. do another sprint

Variations
More than 6 dice per person to start with Roll 2 dice to determine initial story card estimate More than 4 work tables Measure waste, eg un rolled dice per sprint 1’s that could not be used per sprint