A couple of weeks ago we were honoured and excited to welcome Alistair Cockburn, one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, into Redbubble HQ. It was a hastily arranged, last minute opportunity, and we were thrilled that Alistair could spare the time for us out of his busy trip to Melbourne.
Alistair took over Level 2 (none of our meeting rooms were big enough for the occasion). He told us a bit about himself, his views on Agile Software Development (he describes it as a “co-operative game”) and ran an exercise with us.
This was his famous Draw the Drawing Game. It involved us splitting into self-organising teams of “artists” and “specifiers”. Specifiers would spend their time in one room, writing specifications of a drawing that the artists should draw in a separate room. They could only use textual messages between the groups (delivered to and fro by one of the specifiers). Speaking, drawing or gesturing was against the rules.