LEGO Continuous Integration game
With this game, you illustrate the benefits of using Continuous Integration in product development frequently. You divide the participants into teams between 4 and 8 people. Split each team in two groups: UP and BASE.
All teams have the same objective:
Build a cubicle with LEGO bricks according a given building instruction.
Challenge: The cube is divided in two "sub-systems": upper and base part.
For each team, group UP builds the upper part and group BASE the lower part of the cube.
Run the game in two rounds:
- Waterfall Way: all groups of each teams build their sub-system according their specification. The groups integrate the sub-systems when finished
- Continuous Integration: the groups build their sub-systems in iterations, performing integration at the end of each iteration.
Both rounds lead to the same goal: at the end of the round, the two subsystems fit together cleanly to create the final “system.”
However, the building description — the spec — contains a slight error. Which round will show it first?
Time to play: 45 – 60 min.
Gaming instructions: LEGO Continuous Integration Game Manual (ThoughtWorks)
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