Games for update or review meetings

Question Balloons

Object of Play Planning to accept and respond to questions is one of the most difficult parts of running a meeting, a workshop, or a presentation. Will there be enough time for Q&A? Is the audience willing to ask questions? How many questions will they ask? Do I take questions at the end or throughout?…

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Actions for Retrospectives

Object of Play Analyzing past events can get repetitive, leading to a lack of creative ideas and dulled critical thinking. Without an engaging strategy, you could get stuck in a pit of unproductive ideas, causing you to lose all sense of direction and become blind to areas needing improvement. To resist this useless slump, Actions for…

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RACI Matrix

Object of Play Sometimes responsibilities aren’t clear. Nothing erodes morale and performance faster than a difficult problem that belongs to someone else—or to everyone. When these situations raise their head, it may be necessary to call a group together to sort out who does what. By creating a RACI (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed) matrix, a…

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Post The Path

Object of Play The object of this game is to quickly diagnose a group’s level of understanding of the steps in a process. Often, there is a sense of confusion about who does what and when. The team is using different terms to describe their process. The group has no documented process. Things seem to…

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Virtuous Cycle

Object of Play The goal of this game is to discover opportunities to transform an existing, linear process into a more valuable and growing process by taking a different viewpoint. This is useful in examining processes that are deemed “worth repeating,” such as the customer experience. It might be a good time to play through…

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Start, Stop, Continue

Object of Play The object of Start, Stop, Continue is to examine aspects of a situation or develop next steps. Number of Players 1–10 Duration of Play 10 minutes to 1 hour How to Play Ask the group to consider the current situation or goal and individually brainstorm actions in these three categories: Start: What…

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Build The Checklist

Object of Play In all work of reasonable complexity, there is a moment-to-moment risk that equally important tasks will overwhelm the human mind. In knowledge work this may be doubly true, due to the intangible “fuzziness” of any particular task. For groups that are charting out how they will work one of the most practical and useful things…

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Pre-Mortem

Object of Play Often in projects, the learning is all at the wrong end. Usually after things have already gone horribly wrong or off-track, members of the team gather in a “postmortem” to sagely reflect on what bad assumptions and courses of action added up to disaster. What makes this doubly unfortunate is that those same team members,…

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Force Field Analysis

Force Field image by Seth Starner Object of Play The Greek philosopher Heraclitus asserted that change alone is unchanging. This is certainly true in today’s competitive global marketplace. As employees, we’re often responsible for understanding and even anticipating change in order to stay ahead. The Force Field Analysis game is a time-tested way to evaluate…

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