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  • Thirty-Five

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 12:20 pm
    I was introduced to this technique by Xavier Quesada Allue who told me he learned it from Tobias Mayer. A reference to this can also be found in Jean Tabaka’s book: Collaboration Explained (p207) entitled “Pass The Cards” Timing: 10-15 minutes Material...
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  • Upside Downside

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:16 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 30-45 minutes (depending upon the complexity, emotion or controversy around the topic) Materials: None Instructions: This is typically used in retrospectives but could be...
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  • Story Spines

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Simon Bennett generously introduced us to this game during the Scrum Trainers Retreat in Amsterdam in 2010. It is a common improv game Timing: 15 minutes Materials: 6 Chairs Pre-prepared index cards with story element structures (See below) Instructions: Preparation Set...
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  • The Sprint Mural

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:11 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard although we have a sense that something like this has been done before we couldn’t recall who or where… Timing: 30 minutes Materials: Large whiteboard or roll of whit...
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  • The Sprint Limerick

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:09 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 30-45 minutes Materials: None Instructions: Ask the team to create a limerick to sum up the Sprint or perhaps even team values A limerick has 5 lines with a specific rhyt...
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  • Once Upon A Time In Legoland

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:07 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 60 minutes Materials: A lot of Lego (Optional) A Digital Camera and Photo printer Instructions: Preparation Ask the group to come up with: a person from history, a colour...
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  • Movements of a Hypnotic Nature

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 am
    This exercise was graciously and generously shared with the Scrum training community by Brent Barton back in 2007 Timing: 60-90 minutes Materials: Play-doh, rubber bands, golf balls, golf tees and rulers Instructions: I need a new product for my unique company called ÔÇ...
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  • Swedish Stories

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 4:23 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard and was inspired by Neil Mullarkey Timing: 15 minutes Materials: None Instructions: Arrange the group so one person is at the front of the group with a number of other participan...
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  • Balloon Animals

    Posted by Paul Goddard on October 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 am
    (this exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Geoff Watts) Timings: Unspecified, but allow up to 20-30 mins for balloon making and debrief Materials: Download and print the attached for one or more of the balloon animal shaping instruct...
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  • Top Traits

    Posted by Geoff Watts on October 23rd, 2012 at 3:55 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 30-60 minutes Materials: Top Trait templates Photographs of stakeholders Instructions: Explain that this is an exercise to help provide some context around the users of t...
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