One Word Storytelling

Considering that playing is the best way to learn I always look for different fun activities to use with teams.

Collaboration is a key aspect in Scrum teams because of that I was looking for any game to improve the idea that two brains think better than one.

Thanks to Paul Goddard I found this great activity.

You should visit this URL to find more great games.

About 5-10 mins for new teams, longer for more mature teams or creative types

Dead easy to set up, quick and very fun. Even more fun over beers. Sit team in a circle. Ask the team for a boy or girl’s name, a household object and a location. Write down somewhere visible if required.

The team must then make a story by only speaking one word at a time, and going around the circle.


      • The story must “flow”
      • Players can add the words “full stop” to indicate a new sentence
      • The story elements the team chose must be used

Learning points:

Collaboration & Emergence. Players must be able to build on the previous word successfully. Nobody knows what the story will look like at the start, and it changes based on peoples own input. Some players will throw in “bad” words which are difficult to build on. These are BLOCKS. A good collaborator can turn a BLOCK into an OFFER which allows the next players to build the story more easily and create flow.

Last but not least, Paul Goddard wrote an amazing book about How to improve Agile teams that I strongly recommend to you.

The title of the book is:

Improv-ing Agile Teams: Using Constraints To Unlock Creativity

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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