How Black Stories revive Scrum meetingsJordann Gross
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Black Stories are ‘scary’ riddles where someone died in a mysterious manner and the players have to find out what happened by asking the right questions. The most obvious reason is never the solution, so the players will have to use lateral thinking to get to the answer.
As a summer camp coach Jordann played a lot of Black Stories with kids. He soon began to see patterns in their thinking and acting. The kids which joined the Black Stories multiple times, were often the ones who got better at thinking out of the box. They started asking ‘out of context’ questions which would often get the group a step closer to the solution.
He figured since these mental mechanisms work on kids, they would surely work on grown-ups! So as a Scrum master Jordann started using Black Stories to kick off meetings where creativity was crucial to get the best output (isn’t any meeting?), within Scrum mainly the refinement and the sprint planning.
The results were noticeable, even by the people themselves. :) It also had a nice side-effect: people looked forward to the meetings and everyone would be strict on time, both things which weren’t always the case before. Let Jordann help you put the fun in functional!
What Would Your Mom Do? Bust down the brainstorm barrier with WWXD!Stacey Dyer
schedule 3 months agoSold Out!
How many times have you sat through a brainstorm session and melted under the table only to hope you can crawl out the door with ninja-like stealth? Brainstorming doesn't have to suck, but sometimes it does because people have a hard time breaking out of their usual thought process.
Blow up the brainstorm barrier with WWXD: What Would X Do?
WWXD is great for:
- Getting people to break down the barriers to creative thinking #outsideofthebox
- Getting people to laugh
- People who love superheroes from Winston Churchill to Iron Man
- Get people to think about what someone other than them would want. (People sometimes feel more comfortable sharing ideas in this way.)
Learn how to kickoff your next brainstorm session with a bang by getting teams to think like Wonder Woman, your mom, dad, Trump, Steve Jobs, or your favorite Kardashian.