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What Star Wars Role-Playing Games Can Teach You About Facilitating Meetings – Sunday Unplugged with Robert Mitchell | Hello Tech Pros

After taking a Lean Facilitation class at work, Robert Mitchell realized that leading a software development team is a lot like facilitating a role-playing game like Star Wars: Edge of the Empire. As a Game Master, you want to present the players with the challenges and help them talk through the possible options to find a resolution without railroading them into the “right” answer. As a Lean Facilitator on a software development team, you want to present the team with the challenges and help them talk through the possible options to find a resolution without forcing your agenda.

As Robert Mitchell was not blessed to play soccer professionally, he has been working in the software development field for 12 years. He worked for several different sized shops, but found a great company with American Fidelity. In his time off, he chases after 15 month old twins, plays soccer and tries to find time to play RPGs.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Role-playing games are just an excuse to get friends together
  • It’s tougher to keep a group together the older you get
  • Running a roleplaying game is a lot like facilitating a dev group
  • Reskin a story from a different genre to fit your adventure

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