To meet the demands of a changing world, we must all advance towards new ways of working and managing . Servant managers must empower knowledge workers to self-organise.

The Message is a large-scale simulation designed by Teal Unicorn, to experience how this is possible.

It demonstrates how a large number of people can self-organise to do creative work (software, design, bespoke manufacturing, … any knowledge work). It shows how we can scale Agile concepts from a team to a tribe without the heavy weight of certain popular frameworks.

In late 2019, Rob was unwell,and unable to go to Vietnam. The students chose as their message “We ♡ Rob” which was very moving.

 

It draws ideas from other games, including OpenSpace, Game Without Thrones, and LeSS Dynamics.

The game runs for a full day with 40-100 people in a large indoor space. We work together to write messages on the walls with paper. The simulation provides a minimum set of standards and patterns for teams to self-organise to do and improve the work.

We learn just what happens when you let the people doing the work design the work, collaboratively. They self-organise into Agile teams to achieve the outcome they have chosen.

 

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1 OpenSpace Guide, the great Harrison Owen www.openspaceworld.com/users_guide.htm
2 A Game Without Thrones www.linkedin.com/pulse/game-without-thrones-peter-…
GWoT is one of the key training simulations in XSCALE’s Exponential Business Agility(XBA) course. Public training sessions are available here.
3 The LeSS Dynamics game, Agilix agilix.nl/blog/blog-534-the-less-dynamics-game/
The LeSS Dynamics Game by Cesario Ramos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.