The getKanban Board Game is a physical board game designed to teach the concepts and mechanics of Kanban for software development in a class or workshop setting. It has been described as the most effective way to teach Kanban. It’s hands-on, engaging, and fun.
The Facilitator’s Guide and Game Introduction slides for version 4 will be available here shortly.
You can download beta versions of the Facilitator’s Guide and the Game Setup, Instructions, and Debrief for Advanced mode slides now.
How does it work?
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 net 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, and a Statistical Process Control Chart. Simulated events occur throughout the game to challenge the teams and require them to make prioritisation and resource allocation decisions.
Version 3 is no longer available for sale.
Version 2 is no longer available for sale.
You can also download the print files for version 2, and prepare your own game kit free of charge.