Training Game to Build Teamwork

Here’s a 10-minute training game you can do with visual learners to build teamwork.

Setup the Training Game

Sort into small groups of 2-3 people.

Distribute 1 piece of paper per group and 1 pen or marker per person– no erasers! Remind players to keep their content PG. Otherwise, tell them there is no “bad” drawing in this exercise.

Start the Training Game

One person draws a basic symbol or shape on a piece of paper. Pass the paper to the next player in the group.

The next player adds something to the drawing. Pass the paper to the next player.

Finish the Training Game

Repeat for 8 minutes. Players may talk to each other during this exercise. See if a story emerges. Players may not erase or undo any element in the drawing. Pick one team to explain their drawing and the process.

Learning Objective of the Training Game

Teams build on each others’ work to make something greater than one individual could do alone. By passing the page back and forth several times, team members also see incremental improvement during the development of the final drawing.

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The Final Retrospective

“The Final Retrospective” was originally published on the Scrum Alliance website on March 7, 2017. https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2017/march/the-final-retrospective-(1)

Gutted.

Absolutely gutted.

That’s how I felt when my manager told me the contract had fallen through and we were out of a job in a week. It wasn’t personal or performance based — defense contracts don’t always make sense.

I still felt gutted, and I know our manager did, too. Despondent, he said, “Let’s cancel the standups next week — there’s no point.”

“I disagree,” I said. “Let’s hold the meetings anyway. It can’t hurt to give people some space to talk. We don’t need to do the planning meeting, but we should have the review and retrospectives.”

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Business Travel Packing Retrospective

Not packing light, here!I spent the last 4 days in San Diego at the Global Scrum Gathering. Today, I’m going to do a “travel packing retrospective” in which I list what I brought in my “one bag,” with everything I didn’t use crossed out.

This post is a “Personal Scrum” and serves as part of my “trip retrospective,” in which I look back at one element of the trip (my packing and luggage) and decide what I will change for the next time.

In this particular part of my life, I’ve been iterating my travel packing list for a while, but every trip seems to have its own set of needs. This particular packing list, however, is for short, professional-oriented journeys, roughly 2-4 days, in weather that does not require wool socks and winter coats.

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