Team and pair games for building collaboration
Join the DZone community and get the full member experience.Join For Free
Tobias Mayer led a fun and effective session (Agile Playground) at DeepAgile where we played games for building team and collaboration.
Movers and Shapers for team dynamics
I first played this game with Tobias at Agile 2009 and found it very powerful for teaching the impact of our behaviours on team dynamics. There are three rounds of simulation with different focus on how to interact with others. A detailed write-up of the game is on Tobias’s blog. Very handy for shifting thinking and focus to team behaviour.
Hypnotizing Hypnotist for pairing and collaboration
This is a very cool exercise to provide participants a sense of
directing, following and collaborating. The group is formed into pairs.
One person is the hypnotist and guides the other person with their hand.
The hypnotizee’s job is to keep their face 1 foot from the hand of the
hypnotizer (see Tobias hypnotizing on left). Debrief. Roles are
Now it gets really fun. In the next stage, pairs hypnotize each other at the same time (see Lyssa and Tobias on right). This generates some laughs and interesting behaviours. I think we also ran it with one half of the room at a time so we could see what was happening. Remember to applaud.
There was other really cool stuff I am skipping over:
- Failure Bow – give people the freedom to take risks and recover from mistakes. This allows them to be available and productive rather than discouraged and disengaged.
- Pair storytelling – One person puts their hands behind their back and the other stands behind them and becomes their arms and hands. Once a story topic is established, the participants get to tell a story together with the hands leading.
(This is part of a series on DeepAgile 2010 Games Weekend).
- Learning Through Games As a trainer, I have become increasingly convinced that games...
- Get more out of your retrospectives At DeepAgile2010 this past weekend Mike McCollough led a session...
- How to create your own game Michael McCollough and Don McGreal ran a valuable workshop on...
- Agile Kick Start and Agile Games Day – Announcing Two Workshops October 19th and 21st As one of the organizers of Agile Tour Toronto I...
- Games and tough questions for Agile Adoption Luiz Claudio Parzianello and Rafael Prikladnicki gave a talk at...
Published at DZone with permission of Michael Sahota, DZone MVB. See the original article here.
Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.