The Agile Games Conference is an annual event hosted by Agile New England that provides an immersive exploration of some of the more interesting, playful, and fun concepts behind Agile Software Development. We all acknowledge that work is important, but shouldn’t we be able to have fun while doing it?
Agile games are activities focused on teaching, demonstrating, and improving Agile and organizational effectiveness using game theory. Using games, we can model complex or time-consuming processes and systems, examine why they work (or don't work), look for improvements, and teach others how to benefit from them. Games can model just the core of a process or model, leaving out unimportant factors. They can involve collaboration, brainstorming, comparing variants, and of course retrospectives.
Practice, a Key Concept
Practice is a key concept as well. One of our guiding principles has been for sessions to be as interactive as possible. Everyone at the conference - attendees, facilitators, and volunteers - is responsible for helping to share their own experience and insights. This is a hands-on event. Our goal is to provide a transformational experience for attendees.