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…

Top Traits

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 the system For each user type or specific persona, someone (perhaps the Product Owner) will explain their background and how they use the product…

Free Market Prioritisation

This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 15-45 minutes (depending upon the size of the Product Backlog, number of stakeholders and amount of discussion) Materials: A Product Backlog Stakeholders in prioritisation (Optional) Currency tokens such as monopoly money or poker chips Instructions: Explain that this is an exercise to help collaboratively prioritise the Product Backlog Divide…

Celebrity Prioritisation

This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 15-30 minutes Materials: (Optional) Pre-printed photographs of 10-15 celebrities. Try and get a range of celebrities including controversial (Lance Armstrong), old (Nelson Mandela), difficult (Stephen Hawking), young (Justin Bieber) Instructions: Set the scene that there is a cruise-liner with a number of famous people on-board who are now in…

We want a city (Scrum simulation with LEGO extension)

A very important part of product ownership is about gathering info and stakeholders need to be challenged to think and rethink wishes. This exercise simulates this. It’s also good for the rest of the team to see how hard and important this is.