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TWiG – The WiP Game – is Out!

Done! TWiG version 1.3 has a state that humankind might probably use without much harm. The material is print-ready and I’d call the simulation stable. A simulation is, of course, never “done” and I have tons of ideas to incorporate but I think it’s definitely playable. What’s missing is good documentation about the setup. There are only two pictures and that’s it but if it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, we’re good 🙂

Why a new simulation?

Does the world really need a new simulation besides getKanban, FlowLab, Featureban, and others I don’t know? Yes, they are really great simulations and the world most likely does not need another one but I do! One simulation takes too long, another one is too complicated and another one is too general. Sorry, but that’s how difficult I am when it comes to fulfill my mission to find easy explanations for complex topics.

TWiG is a board game that shows a WiP limited pull system in action. It can be played in only 1.5 hours. I usually play it at the end of a Kanban class because it nicely summarizes what you’ve learned before.

I basically developed the simulation out of pure selfishness and I never wanted to make it available to the public. However, after I played TWiG the first time in a training, I immediately realized that “not publishing it” was wishful thinking. I continuously get requests, where one can buy the simulation. TWiG was only developed to be part of our workshops and trainings and we (LEANability) don’t want to move to the board game business. As such it was just logical to make TWiG freely available for the public. And that’s what happened: TWiG is licensed under a “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License”.


You can download the simulation on the TWiG website (although website is a bold word for what you’ll see): www.LEANability.com/en/twig (Use www.LEANability.com/de/twig for the German version.)

Help and further development

We are opening up the LEANability Slack community as TWiG support channel. You can sign-up for the Slack group on www.LEANability.com/en/slack. Please add to the comment that you’re interested in TWiG. There are currently the following Slack channels:

  • #twig-help-en: General help about the simulation: how to setup, debriefing tips, etc. Language: English
  • #twig-help-de: The German help channel.
  • #twig-devleop: This channel is about further development of TWiG. Language is English.
  • There’s a Trello board where I started to collect some improvement ideas: http://bit.ly/twig-dev-trello The idea is that we’re discussing improvements in #twig-develop on Slack and we’ll track progress of realization on Trello.

That’s at least the initial idea – reality will show what’s really working. We’re not afraid to adapt 😉

Thank you

Many thanks to Katrin Dietze for continuous feedback to the simulation and for the help with the material.

Thank you Mike Freislich for the translation help. You did a really great job and this although you don’t speak a single word German. We might also thank Google translate 🙂

Thank you Joanne Perold and Mike Freislich for being the English TWiG guinea pigs.

Have fun using and and I’m looking forward to your comments and improvement suggestions!

Klaus Leopold

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