Using the game "Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes", we'll explore and highlight teamwork, communication, developing shared language, creating a shared understanding, and much more. This session will be an interactive session for a small group, with other observing, however with multiple rounds, anyone and everyone who wants to participate will be able to! This is a very practical team activity, which easily scales beyond the team, and while it works well in-person, it's even better with distributed teams as we explore the ways we interact and communicate when not co-located.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Brief introduction to this session

Brief introduction to the game (most of the learning comes through actually playing the game, which is one of the debrief points which will be explored)

Playing the game (multiple rounds, which allows this workshop a lot of flexibility in timing - anywhere over 45 minutes allows for new lessons to be explored; it works really well with timings between 60-120 minutes, especially with a larger group).

Closing debrief, and additional notes to run this with your team

Learning Outcome



Working agreements

Impacts of fractional allocation

Specialization vs generalization

Silos and handoffs

Shared language

Overcoming communication overhead with distributed teams

And other stuff, too

Target Audience

Anyone and everyone who works on a team, works with a team, or knows someone who does.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Just come with an open mind, thinking about what team dynamics you've seen in your experiences. We're going to see all of that, and more, and explore what we can do with it. And, while this workshop does involve participation, not everyone needs to participate, unless they want to.

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