First introduced by Luke Hohmann, innovation games are now essential resources that provide fun and effective ways to increase collaboration and creativity within a team. Getting customers involved in the process of continuous improvement helps to boost the business’s performance.
Innovation games support a number of objectives, including:
- Getting people talking
- Sharing a vision
- Solving problems
- Prioritising and deciding together
- Exploring and thinking things through together
- Wrapping up a discussion
- Summarising results
Innovation games are mainly used in so-called “agile” structures. The agile approach is a system of methods and practices based on self-organising, collaborative and people-centred teams. The methodological framework remains lightweight and encourages responding to change rather than following a plan. Customer involvement and team responsiveness are two decisive aspects in the success of any agile project.
For example, innovation games can be a very useful part of agile retrospectives. However, this type of exercise works perfectly in any work setting and professional environment that calls for change management.
How to construct an innovation game in 5 points
To make your innovation game a success, be sure to think carefully about the preparation step. How many participants will there be? What goal do you hope to achieve? What is your participants’ level of experience with this type of exercise (beginner, intermediate, expert)? The answers to these questions will serve as a basis for your successful activity.
# Time your innovation game
Be careful not to fall into the trap of spending hours and hours on these activities – and potentially losing sight of your objectives. Consider designating a timekeeper to keep the game moving.
# Get everyone to participate
This is an essential point. Innovation games are a chance to give everyone a chance to speak, to boost engagement and to make the group’s collective intelligence soar.
# Integrate the customer into the creative process
To maximise the impact of innovation games, integrate your customers into the games. This will allow you to identify the keys to constructing a solution for them by directly exploring their needs.
# Have fun
Don’t forget the most important part: having fun. Innovation games are games, after all, so don’t take yourself too seriously. Your creativity will thank you.
# Be creative
Don’t necessarily limit yourself to existing games. Let your imagination run free and create your own games! It’s a great way to match your games to your project’s objectives… and even inspire the creator of innovation games: Luke Hohmann!
Use the speedboat workshop to summarise results
At the end of a project or sprint, it’s important to look back at the results: what went well, what went badly, and most importantly, what could be improved.
The Speedboat workshop innovation game enables the group to identify the team’s drivers and to improve them, and to detect stumbling blocks in order to avoid them. In short, the speedboat analogy identifies the strengths and weakness of a project.
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Assess what pushes the team forward and what slows them down.
Go back to the future to share your vision
To move in the same direction as your employees, it’s important to share the same vision. Innovation games can be a fun way to define each person’s missions and objectives together. The winning combination of games and teamwork produces innovative solutions for your projects.
The Back to the Future innovation game gives employees an opportunity to share their vision of success. Using a project roadmap, participants start at the end date to go back to the start of the project and identify the various steps that will lead to the project’s success.
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Back to the Future
Collectively identify and understand the definition of success.