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…

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…

Swedish Stories

This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard and was inspired by Neil Mullarkey Timing: 15 minutes Materials: None Instructions: Arrange the group so one person is at the front of the group with a number of other participants sitting facing him/her The objective is for person 1 to tell a story…with a twist Every now and then…

First Letter, Last Letter

This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard Timing: 5-15 minutes Materials: None Instructions: Explain that this is an exercise that requires concentration and listening The team stand in a circle and are required to tell a story, with each person responsible for one sentence each Each person must start their sentence with the last letter of the…