To the day I retire I will tell the story of the “agile basics” course we had to go through at work where we played what was affectionately dubbed “The calculator game”.

Ten adult people – all well-versed in actual team work – forced to kneel down on the floor around a gaffer-taped rectangle with a bunch of numbers from 0-50. Only one hand was allowed within the rectangle at any given time and we had to find the most efficient manner of tapping them in correct succession.

It was then I seriously considered getting up and leaving, but somehow I ended up staying for the full eight hours. It didn’t make things any better that we were all IT folk working under various agile systems for years, well ahead of anything this agile mindset coach could teach us who somehow stretched a 30-minute Wikipedia article over eight hours.