Would you like to try out a tool that has the power to ignite exciting discussions that challenges the team and that possibly inspires to new improvement actions? Then you should try out the “Jimmy Cards”.
So, what is “Jimmy Cards”? Simply put it, it’s a deck of challenging questions and riddles for the agile team.
When to use them?
You can use the deck of questions any way you want. When I wrote them I imagined a team using them as ice-breaker for the retrospective or as a way to have focused discussion topics for the teams recurring Wednesday coffee break.
How to use them?
One way of using them goes like this. Shuffle the cards. Draw a card. Read the question out loud. Pause for a couple of seconds to give everyone a chance to think. Take turns answering the question. While you are listening to other peoples answers, note down your follow-up questions, thoughts and reflections.
The deck contains 51 questions. There are no right or wrong answers, instead the questions are designed to inspire discussions within the team.
How they came about…
I got the idea when standing bored and alone at the Crisp stand at a conference. I quickly wrote down a couple of questions. Then it lay dormant for a couple of weeks until I participated at a conference with the coaches at Spotify. For some reason we started talking games and how to use games to inspire teams to improve. With new found energy I had a first MVP two days later consisting of a handwritten deck of index cards (see below). That deck has now been used by a couple of teams as ice-breakers for their retrospective. Immediate success! Some teams didn’t want to stop. That inspired me even more to create a nicer deck. Some PowerPointing later you can see the result above.
The other day I even got a chance to show them to Jeff Sutherland. Some of the questions even got him thinking. Could not wished for better feedback.
The goal is to have an actual real printed nice deck that we at Crisp can distribute like we are distributing the Poker Planning cards.
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