Workshop Exercises: Discuss

Speed Car

Mix retrospective and futurespective thinking uncovering risks and opportunities

Illustration of Speed Car
Run a Speed Car play

Alternative plays: Sailboat

Follow-up plays: Fishbone Diagram, Force Field Analysis, Future Press Release

Timing: Planning

Origin: Paulo Caroli

Prep time
5 minutes

Run time
40-60 minutes

Group size

Why: Highlights positive and negative points, but it also helps to prepare for possible future obstacles

When: Identify improvements in the middle of a project

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Instructions for running this play

  1. Introduce the exercise and explain the four areas to focus on:
    • Parachute (what slowed us down),
    • Engine (what propelled us),
    • Abyss (potential future obstacles),
    • Bridge (potential solutions).

      The speedcar analogy exemplified in a drawing
  2. Distribute sticky notes and markers.
  3. Looking Back. Participants place sticky notes on the Engine and Parachute, answering:
    • “What propelled us forward?”
    • “What slowed us down?”
  4. Looking Ahead. Focus on the Abyss and Bridge areas, participants answer:
    • “What future obstacles do we see?”
    • “How can we overcome these obstacles?”
  5. Dot Voting. Group similar ideas using Dot voting (3-5 dots per person) to identify topics for discussion.
  6. Discuss the results. Discuss the topics with the most votes, starting with the past (Engine and Parachute) and moving to the future (Abyss and Bridge).
  7. Plan Next steps. Consider using a Who / What / When to ensure clear responsibilities for moving forward.

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