You are one of a number of teams, each of
which is in charge of a specific business solution area which needs to be improved and life-cycled.
Each team must respond
to incidents in their solution caused by the activities of other teams as well as the periodic life-cycling of the underlying
Each team is trying to extend their influence, the knowledge that they have about their solution
area and increase the stability of their solution area to enable it to resist disruption and incidents. The business users
are also forwarding improvement requests which need to be prioritised.
Actions are taken in a series of sprints, each with a fixed amount of effort available. If there
is insufficient time to perform the actions you want or if you have time available, you can discuss and trade with other teams.
You are managing a small
industrial facility with up to five active business areas over a 6 year gaming period. Up to now, you have only had basic
IT solutions in place but there has been a strategic decision from on high and the race is on to bring the solutions up to
par through life-cycling in each business area.
Each player has a board representing
their production facility. The board is divided into four quadrants, each representing a different area of the business along
with the number of users trained to use the IT systems in that area; Administration, Manufacturing, Warehousing and Logistics.
Each business area is supported by a solution
which is upgraded through the game. You have three types
of solution to choose from; gold, silver and bronze. Naturally the executive management team wants to have all business areas
fully integrated with best-in-class solutions but you know that you can't achieve this in the time available. so it's a compromise.
Do you focus on integration at the expense of maybe not having the best solution or do you go for the best solutions, knowing
that you probably won't have timeor money to fully integrate them?
Each year you have three action
rounds in which the solutions can be upgraded, the number of users can be increased, management can be asked for financial
commitments, system performance can be improved and solutions can be integrated. At the end of the year, you pay for the workload you have supporting your business areas and receive revenue for connected users