Sitting here watching Adrian Wible run the eXtreme Programming Lego game.
~ 40 people have been split into 6 groups, each with a number of cards describing customer wishes and a pile of legos.
Pictures at: http://geekswithblogs.net/dnoderer/gallery/8256.aspx
Process shortened for the 1.5 hr meeting. The goal is three iterations.
Step 1: Estimation: 10 min - Relative difficulty
Step 2: Prioritization: 5 min. - What is the most important
Step 3: Signup: 5 min - What to do for the 1st iteration (5 min)
Step 4: Development: 5 min - Implement the signup
Step 5: Testing / Totals: 10 Min - Measure actual against estimated effort and the signup / actual value
Step 6: Retrospective: 5 min - Have both customers and teams review work.
Iteration #2 - 40 min - More requirements
IPM Iteration Planning Meeting - 20 min
Then steps 4,5,6 repeated.
Only got through 2 iterations by 8:45 pm so cut it off there. The 2nd iteration for all the teams was both more productive and generally much closer to the estimate.
This is giving us a lot of ideas for future meetings!
Does anyone else have interactive games like this??