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 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…

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…

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.