Tweets to the future is an effective and informal way to get your team thinking and talking about the future. It can uncover a few areas such as: risks, cool things, challenges, learning’s, expectations, people interactions.
Running the activity:
- Start by introducing Twitter and Twuffer
“Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter
“Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release.” twuffer.com/
- Ask participants to write down future tweets (individually)
You can say something like: Let’s create a list of future tweets for our team. These tweets would be scheduled to [a date on the future; e.g. the release date]. Please write down your future tweets.
- Make the future tweets visible to the whole group. I have used post-its on the whiteboard for collocated teams, or a shared document for distributed teams
- Read it out loud
Take a few minutes to read the tweets with the group. Talking about the future tweets help the group understand the path ahead. The group should have a good time with some funny and interesting short messages people usually come up with.
Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams. Use a remote board of your choice.