Being an Agile Coach & Trainer for Prowareness, I use different types of games, tools and practices every week during meetings, workshops and trainings. Some of these I’ve invented myself, but most already existed and have only been changed slightly to a format that suits me best. The upcoming period I want to share some of these games, tools and practices. I will share the what-why-how-when and what worked well and what didn’t. By sharing my experiences I hope to inspire you to give these tools and practices a try for yourself, improve it and hopefully share the perfected version in return.
What is ‘The Feedback Game’ about?
It’s a game that gives you an insight on your own personality and can be used to start an in depth conversation about each other’s attitude and behaviour. By using the 140 cards with different characteristics you’ll be able to find an answer on questions like:
- What are my qualities?
- How do others perceive me?
- What are qualities that I want/need to improve?
The card deck consists of two types of cards: strengths and weaknesses. Examples of strengths are reliable, sensitive, honest, modest, creative or intelligent. Examples of weaknesses are moody, prejudiced, selfish, rude, careless or pessimistic.
The standard manual describes four ways to play the game, but you can buy a more extensive manual, which offers 20 exercises.
What’s the source?
The game is created by Peter Gerrickens and can be ordered via his website. The website offers more games, for example: The Feelings Game, The Leadership Game, The Learning Game, The Quotations Game and The Values Game.
It depends on the game you select, but it’s somewhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours.
How I’ve used it
You can use the game for teambuilding, appraisals, coaching and counseling, career planning, development and personal strengths. I’ve used it for giving and receiving feedback within the Scrum teams I’m currently coaching. The game helped in creating a clear image of how a person sees him-/herself and how someone else perceives that person. It also clarifies how well a team can assess qualities of other team members. I’ve noticed the team found it quite difficult to assess each other and this resulted in some nice conversations.
What you need
A copy of the game would come in handy…
How to do this
Describing the rules isn’t really useful because you can only play the game when you have a copy of it, and the game itself contains a manual…
The feedback game proved to be useful tool as a conversation starter about attitude and behaviour. By giving cards to each other with specific characteristics it’s possible to give feedback in an accessible manner. Especially for new teams or teams that are having some problems with collaboration it will be a very useful game. You will get to know yourself better, and learning the other person’s characteristics will provide valuable insights and drive mutual understanding.
I hope this blog post inspires you to give this exercise a try yourself. If so, I would really like to hear your experiences!