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DevOps Simulation - Facilitator Training by Dana Pylayeva

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DevOps Simulation - Facilitator Training by Dana Pylayeva


Why should you join this training?

Are you a coach, a trainer or a change agent on a mission to help your organization embrace DevOps? Are you tired of hitting the wall while trying to explain to people that DevOps is not just Jenkins, AWS and automation? 

Come to this training to add one of the best DevOps culture introduction simulations to your toolkit. Unlike some other games in this space, DevOps with Lego and Chocolate Game can be facilitated in under 3 hours. The game simulates dynamics of a large enterprise and scales well to groups from 12 – 50 people. 

This training includes all the latest game modifications (2018 version) delivered to you by the game creator!


What people say about DevOps with Lego and Chocolate Game:

“Lot's of fun, great energy and group dynamic. Tangible illustration of benefits of DevOps-> CI-> CD” 

"Game got people to realize (via actions) how much value there is in learning about what people in different groups do" 

"Fun, Informative, Interactive - drove home important key real live problems" 


What will you take home with you:

1)    DevOps Simulation Starter Kit 

(Contains all the game components you’ll need to add to your favorite brand of chocolate and your favorite set of plastic bricks)

2)    A deck of Role cards for up to 22 players

3)    A signed copy of Dana’s “Introduction to DevOps with Lego and Chocolate” book

4)    A USB drive with the latest 2018 version of the training slides (Power Point)

5)    A printed handout with the content covered in facilitator training

6)     Up to 3 SEUs (Category C), good towards maintaining or renewing your Scrum Alliance certification.


How is the training structured?

Ideally designed for busy professionals like you, this half day training will have you learn by doing.

Part 1: Experiential learning

You will participate in the 2 hours version of the DevOps simulation and learn about it from the players’ perspective.  Through this simiulation you will learn about: 

1.    Misalignment of Goals ( Business, Development and Operations)2.    The Three Ways of DevOps3.    Theory of Constraints4.    Systems thinking5.    “Shift left on security“6.    Power of T-shaped skills and cross-training7.    Continuous Delivery 8.    “One-piece” flow vs. large batch development9.    The anti-pattern of a separate “DevOps team”10.    Importance of safety culture for an organization

Part 2:  Learning to facilitate the game

We will look at the game through a facilitator's lenses and learn about

1.    Base, improved and emergent dynamics of the game2.    Hidden game dynamic of the Mod cards. When to introduce it and when to hold back, based on the experience of your group3.    How to plan for the right balance of roles4.    How to set up the room and what to pack for a successful round5.    Emotional side of the game and how to enable psychological safety in the room6.    How to maximize learning through debriefing7.    Example of Aha! Moments from different groups8.    What to scale back on, if your time is short

Bonus Feature:

You will get a chance to play a brand new game from Agile Play Consulting - "Fear in the Workplace".

Designed to facilitate dificult conversations in a fun way, this game is ideally suited for putting a spotlight on the Third Way of DevOps - "Creating a culture of continual experimentation and learning". 


About Introduction to DevOps with LEGO and Chocolate  game:

Inspired by “The Phoenix project” as well as Dana’s hands-on experience (10 years on the Dev side and 2 years on the Ops side). Developed using principles from Game Design, Gamification and Training from the Back of the Room.

Originally created in 2014, the game has been delivered to over 900 people in 15 countries. Facilitators in other countries helped translate it to Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese. Check it out on YouTube



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