Agile Games - Deep Dives

Deep Dive

Presented by: David Grabel,
Adam Charlton and Shawn Peters

Whether a team is just forming or looking to hone their teamwork, a scavenger hunt gives them a fast-paced, time-boxed opportunity to share experiences, collaborate, explore their surroundings & just have fun together. It can also be an organic way to teach and apply agile values and principles. In the tradition of the MIT Mystery Hunt – one of the world’s oldest and largest scavenger hunts- join us for a hunt around Cambridge and Boston to solve riddles, find clues, and rack up points in pursuit of the first-place prize. 

Deep Dive

Presented by: Sara Ness

What creates an amazing conference, meeting, or conversation? Among other things, the ability to be honest, well-structured, and naturally calibrate to what is right here and now. Agile Games focuses on creating the most well-adapted interactions possible. What happens when we turn that lens on ourselves? When we take a look at the conference, at who we are in this space, and what we really want and need to say? This session will be a full dive into experiential authenticity, focused on making our time at Agile Games as productive as possible, and demonstrating games that can be used to safely bring forth truth in any meeting or social situation.

Deep Dive

Presented by: Jody Gold, Amina Knowlan and Tom Egan

After playing Matrix games, an agile coach said that relationships are first class entities that can be developed and maintained directly, and that accelerate engagement, ideation, and performance.  The strength and quality of the web of connections within a team determines psychological safety.  Psychological safety is essential for people to offer the ideas, challenges, and feedback that deliver a team’s best ideas to customers faster.
Just as agile uses iterative feedback loops to develop products, Matrix Leadership uses feedback loops to develop relationships. Relationships that really work are the foundation of high-performing and highly satisfied teams. 
MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and Google’s Aristotle Project confirm that communication dynamics characterized by trust, risk-taking, and distributed ‘air-time’ contribute more significantly to desired team outcomes than the individual intelligence, personality, and skills of team members combined.  For over twenty years, teams have used Matrix Leadership to unlock and then utilize their creative uniqueness and collective intelligence.  As much, Matrix games teach everyone on a team to be a little bit better at taking care of the communication and human dynamics that enhance or limit performance--far more effective and sustainable than having consultants helicopter in to put out fires.
Matrix games are a meta-model.  Whether forming teams that can successfully self-organize and/or self-manage, or optimizing the flow of information, energy, and resources for existing teams to deliver critical results within pressing deadlines, Matrix games work.  Wanna play?