I recently played the ballpoint game for the first time and was impressed…
- … how clearly it demonstrates the different phases of a team going through the ‘storming, norming and performing’-phases for everyone – even for management spectators.
- … how the iteration-rhythm helps to keep focus and increase the team performance to a very high and predictable level.
- … how easy it felt to deliver good results once the team started to perform after the 2nd and 3rd iteration.
- … how much fun it can be, to be part of and work in a cool software develoment team.
You can find various explanations on how the ballpoint game is organized and played.
Here is a nice video that illustrates what happens through the iterations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4-El7gJuZE
Thanks to Stefan and René for the inspiration!