The Game of Changes (version 1.5)

Do you want to play a game? Probably this question reminds us of some horror movie, but in this case, the question is an invitation to play a board game to improve your skills as a change facilitator. For must organisations, change initiatives are challenging and can produce terrible outcomes. The game below is an opportunity to learn techniques to overcome these typical difficulties in a change initiative.

I attempted to summarise in this board game, the most important lessons for change facilitators. After several years losing my hair in helping/leading change initiatives, I’ve collected a few tips to help you solve some common problems regarding change management (as I mentioned in my previous blog post). These situations and practices are compiled in a fun format to emphasise how hard (and how cruel) a change initiative can be.

The Game of Changes In Action

As you know, the organisations are complex/chaotic systems with unpredictable behaviour. Because of this complexity, sometimes bad things can jeopardise the entire journey. To embody this concept, the game has elements to expose you to several dangerous situations as a change facilitator.

I hope you have fun with every single move in this game. The instructions are simple. Basically, you only need a dice, a printed version (you can download here) and one or more friends (with some experience in change initiatives). It is important to share the conclusions after each key move (when you gain or lose steps). My aim with this game is to provide a useful tool to lead deep and great conversations about change management/facilitation in classes, workshops, meetups, learning shots, team activities, etc.

This is the very first version of this game. I’m collecting ideas in order to improve the player’s experience in future versions. If you have any feedback, leave a comment below or mail me about it — I would love to hear from you.

30-Jan-2017 — New version available — 1.5

Based on feedback from players, we have a new version of the game available for download. In this version, you’ll have more challenging experience. You can solve challenges and get feedback from your peers. You also can propose new challenges to others players. Those features will help you to engage in deeper discussions and amplify the possibilities of learning during the game. Enjoy :-)

[Get the printable version here]

About the autor:

Manoel Pimentel is a Catalyser of changes, Author, Speaker and Agile Coach at Elabor8 (Australia). He has been working in the IT field for the last 18 years and has helped pioneer the Agile methods in Brazil.
He has a vast experience helping organisations to get interoperability between Agile (Scrum, XP, FDD, SAFe, Kanban) and governance models.
He’s a Management 3.0 facilitator and one of the first Learning 3.0 Facilitators in the world. Manoel also holds the following certifications: SPC, SPC4, CSM, CSPO and CSP.