Debunking Multitasking with Cards

Each team (or organization), has 4 items (stories or projects) to complete. We will simulate these by placing suits of cards in order. Materials For every 5 people, you’ll need a deck of cards and a stopwatch that provides a means of capturing lap time (often now on telephones as an app). A flip chart and markers to record times for each round would be…

Thirty-Five

I was introduced to this technique by Xavier Quesada Allue who told me he learned it from Tobias Mayer. A reference to this can also be found in Jean Tabaka’s book: Collaboration Explained (p207) entitled “Pass The Cards” Timing: 10-15 minutes Materials: A minimum of 8 people, and an even number of people Anything that you want to prioritise, written on separate cards One card…

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…