Workshop Exercises Playbook


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These exercises can help facilitate rich and collaborative dialogues, ensuring all voices are heard and integrated into the shared understanding of your collective goals.

Group discussions are the backbone of any workshop as they unlock opportunities for both individual participation and co-creation – fostering a sense of shared ownership of the problem at hand and the solutions derived. Research and experience underscore that learning and comprehension are significantly amplified when participants actively engage in the process.

Consider running ice breaker plays before discussions to increase the level of comfort and saftegy of the group, and ultimately make discussions more productive.

These workshop exercises are part of the Workshop Patterns printed card deck.

A collection of workshop exercises that will help you ditch dull meetings and facilitate with confidence. It will help you master the design process and have more productive time with your team. The card deck will be ready for purchase in the end of 2023 and is now undergoing rigorous testing.

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4 Ls

Identify what team members loved, loathed, learned, and longed for

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Fishbowl Discussion

Allow only a few to participate in a discussion while letting the rest listen

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Lean Coffee

Decide what to discuss, together, and and keep track of topics

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Mad / Sad / Glad

Understand the emotions and feelings of a team to maintain morale

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Plus / Delta

Focus on change rather than direct negatives

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Reflect on your true goals and what is keeping you from achieving them

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Speed Car

Mix retrospective and futurespective thinking uncovering risks and opportunities

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Team Radar

Visualize team agreement and discord

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Three Little Pigs

Reflect on stability and risk with the help of a childhood fable

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