Hope you are enjoying our series on Innovation Games, and learning some new techniques to engage your Agile team. In Part 1 and Part 2 we discussed some really fun and interesting Agile Innovation games.
In this part we shall discuss a really unique Innovation Game which helps the team and stakeholders to gather a broader perspective on the product or project they are working on. While working on small components and intricacies of the project, it is possible for us to loose perspective and be confined in a narrow zone.Our game helps us to ‘Zoom-Out’ periodically and get a bird’s eye view of the project, its future and the road-map ahead. It is called –
Prune The Product Tree –
- To identify the most important features, aspects of the product as per the stakeholders and to elicit feedback from the customers.
- Draw a big tree on the chart and draw its branches. The thick branches represent the major functionalities of your system. The smaller branches are the functionalities within each branch.
- Participants place the index cards in their respective branches after writing the new expected features.
- We may also add apples for functionalities that will be very useful for next releases, and flowers for the good-to-have features that may wow customers!
This will give an overview of the future direction of the product and gives visual representation on which branch of the product tree is expanding the most.
Try this out with your team , and you shall see the benefits soon! 🙂