Process Doodle

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Timing: 20 mins


  • Whiteboards and/or flip-charts
  • Markers


Divide the participants in to groups and ask them to graphically represent their current development process. Have them think about roles, artifacts produced, and challenges. Invite them to be creative and to not worry about using any formal notation (UML, Gantt Charts, RUP, etc.). Ask them not to use people’s names, or to criticize personalities.
Each team will then then present their creation to the whole group.

Learning Points:

  • This is an interesting and fun way for a facilitator to gain visibility in to what is working and what the challenges are in an organization’s current process.
  • This exercise also creates more transparency within a team, by giving people a chance to see how others characterize the process.
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  • [...] one client I worked with recently, we had the group split into two teams, and had each team do a process doodle. As part of the exercise, each group explains their doodle. Both teams that participated explained [...]

  • Dylan Kaur April 27, 2010 at 8:18 pm

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  • Doc List September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I’ve found that this gets much more interesting – and fun – if you provide stickers of some kind. While doing this in Australia, I stumbled upon an arts & crafts shop, and they had foam stickers of superheroes, people, and letters. When I added these in, the teams got MUCH more creative.

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