The getKanban Board Game is a physical game designed to teach the concepts and mechanics of Kanban for software development in a class or workshop setting. It's hands-on, engaging, and fun!
The game is played in teams of four to six people, one game per team. Each team has a playing board representing a Kanban task board, and a collection of story cards representing work to be done. Teams compete to maximise profit by optimizing the flow of work.
During the game the teams construct charts based on data from the game including a Cumulative Flow Diagram, a Run Chart, and a Lead Time Distribution Chart. Simulated events occur throughout the game to challenge the teams and require them to make various system design, prioritisation, and resource allocation decisions.
You should allow at least two and a half hours to play the game, and longer if you choose to discuss optional discussion topics during the game and/or if you wish to debrief at the end of the game.