Oct. 24, 2011

Agile@University - 1st Lesson: How to handle complex project situations

Software is getting more and more complex and a lot of projects fail. The students experienced this problem simple exercise: The marshmallow challe...

Best Team or Last Tower standing ;-)

Well, the exercise worked out as expected. Three of four teams had no tower at the end. Pretty comparable to real software projects  :-)

What happend?:

I gave them a complex environment with fixed circumstances and rules. Instead of trying and failing fast and often, they discussed nearly until the timebox was over or they added the marshmallow in the last second and the tower broke under the weight.

After also some other interactive sessions like the well known ball point game the students got the message and learned:

  • Assumptions lead to wrong results - proof them fast and often
  • Build your products incremental
  • Learn by failing

Impressions of the Ball Point Game

Image of ralfkruse81

Ralf Kruse

I'm an Agile coach. Sometimes I'm excited and sometimes I feel more like Marvin ;-) Follow me @ralfhh
blog comments powered by Disqus
Image of ralfkruse81

Ralf Kruse

I'm an Agile coach. Sometimes I'm excited and sometimes I feel more like Marvin ;-) Follow me @ralfhh

Latest Posts

It’s not the meeting’s fault that it sucked!

The Artful Facilitator is a new program to master the art and science of facilitation and turn them into Magic

Image of gianamar

Regina Martins

I aim for continuous improvement in my personal and professional lives and my daily mantra is to be a better version of myself today than I was yesterday. I am a Certified Scrum Professional®, Certified Scrum Master®, and an avid Kanban practitioner.

Join us, travel the world, meet interesting people and coach them

We are looking for Agile coaches in Germany, Sweden, Finland and other markets for our international team

Image of marion

Marion Eickmann

I am one of the founders of agile42. Even though I am not an engineer I consider myself almost a "Techi" as I have been working in the field of software development for 10 years now.

Choose your date for the Advanced ScrumMaster class

agile42 offers the new Advanced Certified ScrumMaster class (A-CSM) in a number of locations in the second half of 2018

Image of abragad

Alessio Bragadini

Web community manager of agile42, trying to post relevant, informational, fun bits of content on the blog and social networks

Scrumtisch August 2018

The Berlin Scrum User Group meets on August 23rd at Cornelsen in Mecklenburgische Straße 53.

Image of aballer

Alexandra Baller

agile42 Team Assistant

Join us at Agile2018: Explore and expand your agile toolbox

Let us expand our agile toolbox, explore how agile can help, and experience Agile2018 together. 

Image of hwong

Hazel Wong

Marketing Assistant at agile42. Passionate about gaining insights from data in order to create content that resonates with the audience. Eager to help teams and companies open their mindset about the application of agile methods to address their challenges.