Intuitions

(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 mins exercises, 5 min debrief Materials: An even number of participants, usually run at the start of the class/event as an introductory exercise Instructions: People stand in two lines, opposite their partner. Each person gives three statements about their partner,…

Balloon Animals

(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 instructions. Balloon Twisting Tips The Basic Hat The Balloon Dog The Sword Large bag of coloured modelling balloons, with hand pump People…

Musical Bells

(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…

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Great fun and a really fun alternative to planning poker. Place a story in the centre of the table, and each team member places there finger on it. In silence, the team “collaboratively” push or pull the story to the size they believe it represents.