September 22, 2013

Value points with Kids chores and task board.

Kids enjoy games, especially when we win prices and especially when it’s fun, and done with us (their parents). Games and prices are huge motivators so sometimes it’s so simple to teach a technique using simple price with a simple game. Just think about video games for a moment, they are an amazing way to achieve a feeling of success, almost every video game has a reward in it.
Before we start explaining the kids tasks Value Point Game, I wanted to present this game as it was used by one of the scrum teams I worked with. The team came with this idea to use  MnM to measure visual value points of user stories.
What did they do?
Each user story in the backlog holds a deferential value, represented by points.

Each MnM color represents a deferential project portfolio type (Risk projects, Bread&Butter’ project and more)
Each flow step rewords with relevant sweeties:) according to the value this user story holds.

When the user story is done, we can eat out its MnM’s. Just for fun.

Well, they didn't have to do any of this, it was just for fun, and it remained fun. And it was effective too,  Fun always get things done better.

How can we use this at home with our kids chores?
Simple, Decide on the amount of points that each task in the backlog holds.
Each Done task rewards the total family point’s repository with its relative points.
At the end , The points can be represented candy, MnM, or just any color Round Sticker if you like.
The goal, achieve the day points by starting from the most valuable tasks (those with more points).

For those of you who don’t know the entire agile methods, keep on reading into this blog to follow some important tips:
1.       Keep all tasks visible.
2.       Keep tasks simple.
4.       Keep tasks small and achievable.
5.       Do one thing a time.
8.       And don’t forget to have fun

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