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  • Telestrations for Teams

    Posted by on May 11th, 2015 at 6:56 pm
    Timing: Really depends on the group size, but I'd allow at least 2 hours for a group of 10 to play three rounds.   Materials: The board game Telestrations. There are two versions of this game, an eight player version and a 12 player party-pack version for larger groups. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/46213/telestrations It's available online (Amazon, etc), or from most decent shops which sell board games.   Instructions: This is a fantastic board game on it...
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  • The Teamwork Oscars

    Posted by on March 29th, 2015 at 2:01 am
    This exercise was created for practicing Benne and Sheats's group roles (although it might be adapted for any other similar classification). It does so by asking teams to resolve text puzzles (derived from popular teamwork fables) while at the same time team members are acting various group roles. Based on their performance the teams (as well as the individuals) might be awarded Oscars. The exercise could be also used to discuss the importance of group roles on team dynamics and teamwork. (m...
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  • Face Facts

    Posted by on February 10th, 2015 at 10:13 am
    Purpose: To welcome new members into a group and continue to build relationships with existing members. It could be used as an ongoing team builder or once as an icebreaker with useful artifacts as an output. Supplies: Things to write on e.g. paper, index cards, etc Things to write with e.g. pen, pencil, marker, etc Post-it notes Tape or repositionable glue (recommended) At the beginning, everyone gets something to write with and something to write on e.g. a sheet of paper, inde...
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  • Scrumble – an Agile board gameScrumble – um jogo de tabuleiro ágilScrumble – un juego de mesa ágilScrumble – живой настольная играScrumble – un jeu de plateau Agile

    Posted by on February 9th, 2015 at 12:13 pm
    Agility is completely new to you? Skeptical about applying Scrum for your project? Feel like challenging your team? Get ready to Scrumble! Developing Agile strengths and values through a fun simulation of Scrum Scrumble allows to highlight many issues that team members often face, as being developers, product managers or facilitators and to provide solutions spontaneously, all in a casual setting. This game and its printable content are free to download. Have fun! Game duration: 2 hours ...
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  • Video ScrumVideo Video Video Video

    Posted by on February 5th, 2015 at 10:55 am
    Overview Scrum Video is an unique in its kind and extremely addictive simulation of Scrum. Teams during several Sprints create and show video films on free or given by the facilitator topics. Is it cool? We (coaches of Unusual Concepts company) played Video Scrum many times during last 2 years on our Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) (additional 3rd day) classes. We consider the game to be very effective in demonstrating and...
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  • Story cube time line

    Posted by on January 30th, 2015 at 6:48 pm
    Timing Between 30 minutes and 45 minutes. Allow 5-10 minutes to debrief Materials Rory's Story Cubes set Overview A game with "story cubes" and a lot of insight for teams.  Easy to adapt to your needs, and get the best value of "good" things. Allow people to talk openly and exchange points of view. The timeline could be 12-6-3 months or a project debrief. Instructions Step 1: Define the time line… Define the time line period. I personally did the full 2014 year. It was the first ...
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  • Hold the ball longer…stronger… together

    Posted by on January 13th, 2015 at 4:47 am
    Timing: This game may take from 20 to 30 minutes Materials: A multicolor light weight ball, 6 strong sticks or plastic pipes with 21 inches each stick/pipe length, space to walk around while playing Instructions: Game brief: Invite at least 6 volunteers to play this game. We are going to experience various scenarios in this game to demonstrate the need and importance of “collective code ownership” concept. The volunteers have to come close and hand over them the sticks/pipes. ...
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  • Building team trust using a Trust Canvas

    Posted by on December 14th, 2014 at 10:23 am
    After a series of exercises and brainstorming sessions with various teams, we have clustered the most frequently occurring factors that positively influence Trust in teams. We created a new instrument which we are glad to share with you - the Team Trust Canvas (French version). The main purpose of this tool is to build a discussion around the trust and possibly generate new rules or agreements in a team. How it works. We start with filling the fields on our “canvas”: Clarity. A ...
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  • Fellowship Of The Goal – Gamify The Cardwall

    Posted by on October 19th, 2014 at 9:13 am
    Gamification can lead to higher levels of collaboration and engagement with teams. On many occasions, I’ve come across prescriptive workflows which completely disengage teams and those teams don’t challenge the tools or process they inherit. Gamification and customisation helps teams care and take ownership of their system and workflow to help the team unite behind common goals and have fun with their workflow. This game template Fellowship Of The Goal has been designed to deliberately be...
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  • Team Responsibility Game

    Posted by on October 5th, 2014 at 12:24 pm
    Intention of the game The intention of the game is to experience sharing responsibility for a common purpose discover unhealthy team dynamics and reflect and think about better ways to work together. I use the game as a start into a longer retrospective in which I like to focus on the topics of team dynamics, responsibilities and sharing of the workload. Time Time required: 45-75 min Number of players One or more teams of 5-8. The game is usually more fun with more than one tea...
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