Retro Game: Tongue Twister with a Twist

Ever played tongue twister with your team? It is fairly doable when you recite a tongue twister in English or in your native tongue. Let’s add more twists to it. How would you recite a tongue twister in a foreign language? This is both entertaining and challenging to run for diverse teams from different nationalities.Continue reading “Retro Game: Tongue Twister with a Twist”

Retro Games: Powerpoint Karaoke

In life, we have to play the cards we are dealt with. The same is true with the presentation decks prepared by the product team or management team that developers would present to the stakeholders. To prepare for these situations, a fun and exciting improv game can be played with the team, Powerpoint Karaoke. PowerpointContinue reading “Retro Games: Powerpoint Karaoke”

Agile Retro Games: Wheel of Fortune

Ever watched wheel of fortune on national television? It is a game show where contestants compete against each other by solving word puzzles in order to win cash prizes, which are determined by a spinning wheel. Our development team is competitive in nature and they are very energized by puzzles and competition. You will needContinue reading “Agile Retro Games: Wheel of Fortune”

Agile Retro Games: Quiz Time with Kahoot

Need a platform to host and play your trivia games? Try Kahoot! Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that brings engagement and fun at school, at work, and at home. My kid’s teacher uses this in their online class. It is very easy to use for energizer breaks during retrospective or team-building activities, meetings orContinue reading “Agile Retro Games: Quiz Time with Kahoot”

Retro Games: Chain Reaction

For today’s retro (Agile Retrospective) game, we will play Chain Reaction. A chain reaction is a word chain of at least 7 words. A word chain is formed when the previous word connects with the adjacent word making a compound word (paired words) or connected words that make sense or recognized. Below is an imageContinue reading “Retro Games: Chain Reaction”

Best Practices: Sprint Review

Are you getting enough value from your sprint reviews? Here are the best practices I share to Developers and POs Purpose of Sprint Review Inspect the outcome of the Sprint and determine future adaptations Inspect the sprint and value delivered Adapt the backlog and the release plans Show progress toward the Product Goal Share theContinue reading “Best Practices: Sprint Review”

Retro Games: Scattergories

Scattergories anyone? Let’s start the sprint retrospective with yet another energizer game. Offline, Scattergories is a word game where a dice is rolled with letters on each side. The objective of the game is to score points by uniquely naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit. The originalContinue reading “Retro Games: Scattergories”

Retro Energizers: Name that Object

Yet another retro energizer exercise that you can play is — guess the object! A member describes an object using the five senses of the body (sense of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste) and the rest of the team guesses the word. The facilitator, usually the Scrum Master, prepares the list of objects thatContinue reading “Retro Energizers: Name that Object”

Let’s Play Family Feud: Agile Retrospectives

Looking for a game to boost the competitive spirits of the team after a sprint? Try playing Family Feud! Family Fed is a popular TV Game Show where two families compete to name the most popular answers to survey questions in order to win cash and prizes. Normally, you would need to download Family FeudContinue reading “Let’s Play Family Feud: Agile Retrospectives”

Retrospective Games: Let’s Play Jeopardy

How about a game of Jeopardy to lighten up the mood after a sprint? Jeopardy is a TV gameshow debuted in 1964. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with clues in the form of answers, and must phrase their responses in the form of questions. An online version of Jeopardy is available,Continue reading “Retrospective Games: Let’s Play Jeopardy”