I used a game that I learned from Don McGreal in my lightning talk at Agile Dev West, and I wanted to share it. It’s simple to run and can be done in 5 minutes, which was precisely why I chose it.
This game can be used with groups of any size and is best used when people have been sitting comfortably in their chairs as participants will be asked to change where they are sitting.
- Ask group to notice who is sitting to their left and right. They cannot sit next to those individuals.
- People must move at least 2 seats/1 row/1 table (choose based on your setup) away from where they are currently
Possible discussion questions:
- What was it like to change seats?
- Who did not change seats? Why not?
- What made it easy to change?
- What would make it better if we were going to do this activity again later?
Moving to a different seat is a simple change, and yet this activity helps provide insights from the experience into the feelings and emotions of change. The beauty of this game to me is that the debrief can be taken in different directions by the facilitator to highlight the needs of individuals for change, share ideas for group change efforts, and reinforce the change capability of a group.
Try it with your teams and let me know how it goes in the comments.