Story Spines

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 out 6 chairs in a row from left to right On chair 1 place an index card with the following words: “Once upon a…

The Sprint Mural

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 white paper Appropriate drawing, colouring or painting materials Instructions: Ask the team to draw/paint their interpretation of the Sprint. This is usually…

The Sprint Limerick

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 rhythm Line 1 rhymes with lines 2 and line 5 Line 3 rhymes with line 4 For example: A…

Once Upon A Time In Legoland

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…

Movements of a Hypnotic Nature

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…