Workshop Exercises: Decision


Share progress to the broader group

Illustration of Playback
Run a Playback play

Alternative plays: Poster Session

Follow-up plays: Plus / Delta

Timing: Monitoring and Control

Run time
3 minutes

Group size

Why: An easy way to share progress, achievements, and knowledge gained by individuals of subgroups with a broader group

When: Use in combination with other techniques and exercises to showcase progress or gather feedback

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Instructions for running this play

Playback is the activity of sharing progress, process, or insights gained by an individual (or a subgroup) to a broad group, either in an informal or formal way.

Sharing within a small group should be informal. Allow a timebox of 2-5 minutes for a group to share what they have found. 

Sharing to all workshop participants is more structured. Allow a timebox of 5-15 minutes for sharing.

Sharing more formally to a large group should be timeboxed to 30-60 minutes.

Tips to perfect this play

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

Tip: Start small

Playback can easily take up time. For breakout groups of 3-5, set off 2-5 minutes. For Workshop wide playbacks, dedicate 5-15 minutes. For large formal settings, dedicate 30-60 minutes for the playback session.


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