The Failure Memory Game is is a game for learning from failures and experiencing how a team or an organisation can benefit from an open failure culture.
Participants reflect on their own way, or the team’s culture to handle failures, and directly experience the consequences in a safe space for experimenting and learning.
This game is usually played by a group of people, preferably a team.
It can be used in training or coaching context (retrospectives!) for generating insights and improvements to openly handle failures in a respectful and clever way.
Print and cut out the attached failure memory cards twice: once on red, once on blue paper. Put the blue cards on one side, the red cards on the other side of the table, nicely shuffled.
Alternatively you might use a standard Memory Game / Pairs Game. Adjust the rules accordingly.
Print out the failure memory results sheet for writing down your results.
This game picks up the concept of a Memory Card Game, aka. Pairs Game: turn cards and find the pairs.
And we play several modes in several rounds in these steps:
We play the Game in different modes according to the dysfunctions you see in a team:
Recommendation is to focus on 3 playing (and working) modes to make the learning more focused. No need to stick to the given order.
After each step discuss these (or similar) questions for debriefing:
Download a copy of the detailed manual with printable cards included.
I’ve released this game under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License: you are free to use it at a workshop in your company or in a course you are teaching, even if you are charging money for it.
I’d love to hear from you any feedback about how you use the game or ideas how to extend or alter the game. Feel free to contact me.
Many thanks to
Fabio, Kitty, Davide, Chris, Ferran, Petra, Marjoke, and Chris again
for your feedback and help to improve this game
and all the fun we had playing it at Play4Agile2017!