Elephant Carpaccio facilitation guide

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2023-01-25 04:00:06

The Elephant Carpaccio exercise  is a great way for software people to practice & learn how to break stories into really thin vertical slices. It also leads to interesting discussions about quality and tech practices.

The exercise was invented by Alistair Cockburn . We’ve cofacilitated it a bunch of times and we encourage people to run it everywhere.

The exercise takes 90-120 minutes, and scales well. We normally do it with 10-20 people but have also done it with groups up to 30.

It’s possible  to skip the coding part & just practice creating the backlog. But it takes away much of the fun, and you also miss out on interesting code-quality discussion at the end.

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