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  • The Spark Engine

    Posted by on August 6th, 2018 at 6:32 pm
    [caption id="attachment_7672" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The Spark Engine cover"][/caption] Timing: 10 minutes. This is the expected time to run the game, including prep and debrief Materials: Each person in the team or at the table needs the following materials: A pen, pencil or fine sharpie to draw A page of The Spark Engine book (pages are designed with a tear-off dotted line for easy distribution) Instructions: The mechanics of the game are pretty simple yet...
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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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  • 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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  • Delight

    Posted by on November 2nd, 2012 at 3:47 am
    This improv exercise originally comes from the work of Keith Johnstone. Geoff and I picked up the exercise from an improv workshop with Neil Mullarkey of the Comedy Store Players, in London. Timings: 5-10 mins Materials: 2 people (standing up) Instructions: The pair must tell a story about something imaginary they did together, but one of the pair can only interact with the story by saying the word "no". When the partner hears the word "no", they must offer an alternative direc...
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  • Gift Box

    Posted by on November 1st, 2012 at 9:56 am
    (this exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Geoff Watts, credit to Paul Z Jackson from his book) Timings: 5-10 mins Materials: 2 people (standing up) Instructions: One person holds an imaginary box in front of them. This imaginary box is capable of holding any item imaginable. The partner's job is to mime pulling items out of the box, whilst naming the item to the box holder. The box holder is required simply to verbally confirm items to t...
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  • Three Headed Expert

    Posted by on November 1st, 2012 at 9:36 am
    This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Geoff Watts, and from frequent visits to watch the Comedy Store Players perform in London. Timings: 5-10 mins Materials: 4 willing volunteers Instructions: One person plays "the interviewer" The other three people play the "interviewee". The only rule they must follow is that they must answer any questions one word at a time, in sequence. Any leftover audience members can help by giving the in...
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  • Once Upon A Time In Legoland

    Posted by 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 and an object. Construct a title out of these e.g. The story of Napoleon and the yellow pillow Set the challenge: To create a storyboard of this story by building scenes made from Lego. ...
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  • Movements of a Hypnotic Nature

    Posted by 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 “Movements of a Hypnotic Nature.” You have been selected as participants because of your skill and past performance. I want each team to submit a design solution using the following information: The desig...
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  • Musical Bells

    Posted by on October 23rd, 2012 at 3:32 am
    (this exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Geoff Watts) Timings: 8 mins exercise, 5 min debrief Materials: 8 Musical Hand Bells per team, 4-12 people in each team. If the bells have sticky numbers on them, it's best to remove those (or any other reference to bell order) before the exercise begins. Instructions:  Each team is given a simple brief to start the exercise. The team must recreate and play a simple 10-20 second "tune" using the bells wh...
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