Red Bead Experiment Video and Materials

Benjamin Mitchell and I recently ran the Red Bead Experiment at Skills Matter.

We changed the experiment slightly to revolve around a software project rather than a factory:

  • Product Owner and a Project Manager jointly played the role of Foreman
  • A burndown of white beads was referred to
  • Discussion afterwards focused in part on software based projects

A video of the session can be found here.

If you would like to run the session yourself then you may find our script of use, along with the F-Testmotivational posters and lessons. If you would like the spreadsheet that creates the control chart and burndown then please mail me as WordPress wont allow me to upload. You can buy the Red Bead Experiment kit here. Note we also supplied our own plastic box for decanting the beads, a tray to catch spillages, clipboards and pens for the inspectors.

The Transformation Forum run a Red Bead Experiment masterclass for those looking to learn how to run the experiment and meet with others who have done so over many years.


2 thoughts on “Red Bead Experiment Video and Materials

  1. Well done on your running of the Red Beads Experiment – enjoyed the video.

    Thanks for the mention of the Transformation Forum. In addition to the Masterclass – 26th November 2009 and 25 February 2010 – we can supply the Red Beads kits

    Best regards. Keep up the good work!


  2. Hi David,

    Thanks for posting this – I am pulling together the script for my first red bead experiment. I am hoping the audience will respond so we can improvise a little.

    Do you still have the spreadsheet lying around which created the control chart? I was just resigning myself to creating one when I found this blog post! I am toying with the idea of building my own kit (any opportunity to get the power tools out…)

    Thanks mate.


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