BINGO Game

As Agile Coach I always look for games to engage team members each other so I found this amazing and fun game that I want to share with you. This game is called BINGO!!

This game was extracted by http://www.ontheagilepath.net/2015/06/great-games-for-learning-lean-and-connecting-people-lean-penny-and-bingo.html

I took the following paragraphs from it.

“Overall goal – have fun, connect people by sharing insight, get to know another even better and create something that stays in memory connected with our cool environment.

 

Old school game, applied in an agile environment. Will this work? For sure!

Let’s have a look (see picture left) to a highly engaged group trying to figure out facts of one another – hunting for their Bingos.

Fun assured 😉

How does it work

Everyone gets a sheet – the BINGO sheet – with personal facts of every team member.
Let’s say you have 23 team members (let’s take a prime to make it not that easy), you use a grid of 6 columns x 4 rows, every cell having one fact.
All facts are distributed randomly and without a name connected on every Bingo sheet.
Fill gaps (e.g (6×4)-23=1 gap) with JOKERs – leads to even more possible strategies to win the game.
Goal for everyone is to connect every fact with the name of a team member as fast as possible by asking through the crowd (there is just one name correct for one fact ;-)).
3 winning stages – BINGOs – can be achieved.
BINGO … for the vertical/column completed (all facts in a column are correctly connected with a name).
Bingo … for the horizontal/row completed (all facts in a row)
BiNgO … for the whole Bingo sheet.
As soon as one kind of a Bingo is (maybe) achieved the team member contacts the game facilitator and they check whether its the correct solution.
If so – it’s announced to the whole group and the hunt for the remaining Bingo stages can continue (for sure some team members will not listen carefully enough and continue hunting for an already solved Bingo stage ;-).
The game ends as soon as all 3 Bingos are achieved.
Congratulations to the winners and have your award ceremony with some tiny awards connected.

Observation

What a mess 😉
Everyone is talking to everyone, some start exchanging solutions, some optimized with JOKERs in mind. Some don’t get already solved Bingos. Some are amused by the facts itself.
High engagement and some confusion during the game make it a funny one.

Preparation

Estimated preparation time is about 3 hours.
Gather funny facts from every team member joining the session. I recommend doing it some days (weeks … depending on your availability and laziness to respond to mails ;-)) before, as it can take some time to get all responses.
I asked everyone to send me a crazy, funny or not ordinary fact about herself. “
To conclude, you (as Agile Coach or Leader) has to find fun ways to motivate people so it would be easier to engage them in any project!!

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Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile.

Why?

I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally
different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible
to implement it.

Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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