Rival Effort; effective is efficient
A game designed to help you learn

About Rival Effort

For teams and companies to be successful, the ability to deliver rapidly has moved from luxury to necessity.

Even with a clear company goal, people often act irrationally when it comes to optimizing the underlying processes. As much fun as it can be to focus on the new, beautiful, or innovative, these companies must be focused on the ultimate measure of value: revenue.

Rival Effort is a three-to-five person game that explores process optimization and efficiency strategies, asking players to allocate their effort between projects. Through the game participants become managers in a company competing to make as much revenue as possible, and thus winning a promotion. After playing the game, an open discussion and debrief with all of the players ensure a solid understanding of the key principals and learning of the game.


Playing Rival Effort

Who we are

Rival Effort is a collaboration between TabTalks and bitNomad.

TabTalks is an Agent of Chaos and Game Changer, who builds custom games to help teams, groups and communities realize their potential. She is based in Ottawa.

bitNomad is an interaction scientist, constantly running experiments designed to improve teams, products, services, and himself. He is based in San Fransisco.

Launch of Rival Effort

Rival Effort was launched on October 21st, 2014 at the Software Development and Evolution Conference in Winnipeg.

Contact us

We would be more than happy to facilitate the Rival Effort game at your workplace or conference. Send us an e-mail to find out more


What people are saying

“I liked the game a lot!” J. Little.

“It was a fun game and I wish we could have had the time to play all the way through” B. Bergman

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