Workshop Exercises: Ideate

Perfection Game

Discover and recognize strengths and define effective improvement actions

Illustration of Perfection Game
Run a Perfection Game play

Alternative plays: Plus / Delta

Follow-up plays: Five-Fingered Consensus, Plus / Delta

Timing: Discovery

Run time
10-15 minutes

Group size

Why: Create a positive and constructive environment for growth by focusing only both strengths and improvement opportunities

When: Use for team assessments, project evaluations, retrospectives, performance reviews, or goal-setting sessions

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Instructions for running this play

  1. To get feedback on an item, ask participants to rate it by answering the following questions
    1. I rate the product/service … on a scale from 1-10
    2. What I liked about it…
    3. To make it perfect…

    Participants are not allowed to say negative things.

  2. Iterate and repeat step 1 until you have reached a satisfactory level

If you are doing a team retrospective, you can ask these questions instead:

  1. How good did we do as a team in the last iteration on a scale from 1-10 where 10 is being a perfect team? 
  2. State what went good, and what made it so good?
  3. Suggest what to do to make it perfect: What can the team do in the next iteration to improve?

Tips to perfect this play

Master and adapt the play to fit your context and needs.


Participants can only claim the rating they have given if they provide suggestions to improve it.


If participants give a high rating, they have to state what they like about it, what makes it so good, and where the value comes from.

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