A great activity (ice breaker and data gathering combined!) that gets the participants guessing each other big hitter moments.
Running the activity
- The facilitator or the group decides upon the period (e.g. last sprint/iteration, or the past release)
- Each team member gets two index cards of different colors and a marker pen.
- On the first card, hidden from the others, they write their ‘big hitter’ moment (a special moment they were involved with)
- On the second card they write their name at the top and place this second card on the table.
- Once all team members have handed in their ‘name card’, each team member takes a name card from the pile, ensuring they do not have their own name card.
- On this card, they write what they think is the ‘big hitter’ for the person whose name is on the card, and keep the card. Essentially, they try to guess what that person has written on their hidden card.
- Once all the ‘name cards’ have been completed with a ‘big hitter’, a team member reads out the name of the team member written on the card and their guess at the ‘big hitter’ for that person.
- The named person then reads out what their big hitter actually was.
- If there is a match, then SNAP!
- The exercise continues until all team members have read out their guess and have responded with their actual big hitter
This activity was described by Matthew Skelton here (the original post). I have changed it slightly, keeping the the big hitter for cool things only. I also changed the activity period for whatever is identified by the facilitator/group.
As per Matthew experience, he had one SNAP out of the team of 8, but the mismatches also provided very useful insights into the team dynamic: