Jess Long

Enterprise Agile Coach


Kaizen Land – Gamifying Daily Stand-Up and Overcoming Anti-Patterns

Have your Daily Stand-Ups become stale? Learn how the gingerbread men are taking over the daily Stand-Up and forever changing the mornings of development teams everywhere.

We’ll talk through the evolution of an idea that ended up demolishing monotony, obliterating anti-patterns and spawning smiles. We’ll talk through the implementation of a game board during one team’s stand-up through the infectious adoption and evolution of its existence.

You’ll hear how teams tackled some of their greatest impediments and helped build a zone of psychological safety all while having fun. By the end of this session, you’ll be prepared to bring this back to your team and create your own success stories.



Jess Long is an Agile Transformation Leader and Enterprise Coach, and recently joined the LeanDog team. Besides authoring several online publications and appearing on multiple podcasts, she is an international speaker. She was featured as the Opening Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Software-QS-Tag Conference in Frankfurt, Germany and has also spoken in Australia, Portugal and a variety of Agile conferences across the United States. Transforming Corporate America and living to tell about it is no small feat. She keeps some level of sanity by finding humor in otherwise absurd situations. When she's not coaching, she can be found on the beach with her 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old identical twin boys or kayaking along the shoreline.