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March 11, 2015

New release Pick A Deck – the most impressive to date!

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FirstRowSo here are some Pick A Deck news again!

We are releasing yet another version of Pick A Deck.



Thanks lean startup!

I hope in the future I’ll take the time for a proper return on experience post series talking about what is happening with our team here at Aix en Provence, France. It is truly remarkable…

The latest iteration to get to this MVP was a real pleasure to witness and be part of. The result is our best bet since our launch in 2012 with regards to getting validated learning. For that I want to thank Servebox with which leanpizza has teamed up to get Pick A Deck back on its discovery tracks. So, thanks guys!

Indeed, reasonably recently, we embarked on a journey of using the lean startup approach to discover a viable business model around Pick A Deck. Along that journey, we have already made numerous assumptions and launched a number of experimentation protocols to validate what are essentially just guesses. Some protocols required levels of application changes, some didn’t. Our latest one did: what we learned from it brought us to quickly pivot on the solution.

Now as a group, as we learn more about what our hypotheses really are, our canvas, our actionable metrics, as we reflect more and more on the questions we really – really – need to answer, we are brought to put aside the product of a large historical investment regarding the application.

ย Knowing what you want to measure helps reduce your MVP – really.

Our previous version was simplified. Today’s release is unbelievably stripped down and focused on generating one set of targeted metrics – only!

You see, at leanpizza we still believe being able to support cultural transitions better than current solutions is worth looking into.

The lack of success in most organisations in this area of culture change is staggering. What is crazy is mostly a lack of understanding of what it was these companies were trying to achieve when they launched their transformation. It is difficult in these conditions to know when you are deviating from your initial expected outcomes, what got you there and what to do about it.

The Pick A Deck startup is our answer to this current lack of a solution, and we’ll keep trying to answer this need until we are convinced it does not need to be fulfilled or that there is a better alternative for it.

“Enough of that!” I hear you say, “whats in the latest version?”

Yes, what’s in it then?

In the MVP we launch today, we have focused on removing every single friction in the following simple end to end user scenario:



User opens the app

User sees Scrum Transition Deck

User assesses their transition state one card at a time

User send their assessment assessment to themselves or someone else



We have also provided a much more visible way to provide us with feedback (but we are not measuring this).

I won’t even bore you with any screenshot, the app is super easy to use now. Seriously, try it!

What happens outside of the application once the assessment is complete and mailed out is not part of what we want to try and measure right now. One thing at a time…

We hope you enjoy the experience and that you find it useful!


Start Scrum Assessment



What’s not in it (anymore…)

And now for the list of what we took out, from our application just to play this experiment:

  • registration / login
  • roles
  • lobby view
  • all tables view
  • table detail view
  • all deck views
  • detail deck view
  • deck creation / edition
  • deck validation
  • game creation / name / deck / table / players
  • all players view
  • player detail view
  • invite player
  • manage roles
  • card details view
  • card status change reason
  • card description detail
  • markdown wiki page behind each card
  • activity stream
  • muti-game casino
  • cross games visits
  • find “passed” card on other tables
  • navigation to “passed” card on other tables

We hope you enjoy the lack of all the above!

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  1. Hey Olivier, to be honest – I find it better than before. I never felt really comfortable using it previously, but now it’s good.

    What went well:
    1) Easy to use and easy to understand

    1) I sent the result to a colleague by using the “get my game via email” and couldn’t leave a personal note.
    2) Scrum Meeting Daily Planning and Tracking: #11 – There is a typo, sport instead of spot
    3) As Scrum Coach I’d like to maintain multiple of these with names (Project1, Project2…)
    4) Option to reword a card (e.g. we have made XXX releases, if I share with colleagues the result of the game, I’d rather say “we have identified blockers for any release we do” or something along these lines.

    Still – great improvement.


    Comment by untaled — March 14, 2015 @ 2:08 pm
  2. Hey Denis!

    Thank a LOT for the feedback, very much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

    I will definitely look into all these points as we review the experiment (beginning of next week).

    What happened after you shared the result with your colleague? Did he come back to you? Did you discuss it together? Has it helped you decide anything or try something new?

    Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚ and thanks again for trying the app once more!

    Comment by Oli — March 17, 2015 @ 12:01 pm
  3. I really like the latest Pick-A-Deck version, Olivier, it is much cleaner and easier to use and navigate. I still use the paper deck though because of the rating system at the bottom of those cards. Please, please, please can you find a way to add this info to the online version? It is so valuable to me for teams who are NOT bought in to Agile, because very often they ARE bought in to one of the items from the bottom of the card. Even for teams who are bought in, it helps us decide what to focus on next in terms of Scrum disciplines.

    Most recently I have a somewhat reluctant team I am coaching and they do no demos at all. Their interest in adding more “process” to remember is low. But when I asked them to dot vote for what (from the bottom of the cards) they valued the most, it turns out they do care about QUALITY quite a lot.

    So we looked at the cards rated high for quality. All of a sudden, the team is discussing how many of these are related to doing demos and considering doing them for the first time.

    Great tool! Still love it!

    Comment by Margeaux Bucher — August 25, 2016 @ 11:05 pm
  4. Hi Margeaux,

    Thanks once more for your feedback!!

    For some reasons I am not notified of new comments on my blog, so I failed to see your post before this evening :/

    The use case you describe is brilliant, I also noticed it at the beginning when I used the paper version of the deck. It is true that now I am only using the digital version and that I had somehow “forgotten” the goodness of the value star rating!

    I’ll look into re-introducing this in a future release, and I will for sure keep you updated ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again and I hope what your team decides to undertake yields the expected value foe them.

    Comment by Oli — October 5, 2016 @ 10:24 pm

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