Flip-a-card, move it and experiment how different batch sizes influence the efficiency of a team
Participants practice flipping and moving cards by using different batch sizes during 4 iterations, and discover the impact of different approaches of the workload on the overall efficiency. Think agile!
- Introduce the activity to the participants and split into teams of at least 7 participants (six players and one observer); encourage the teams to nominate an observer.
- Join each team and provide the activity link.
- Six participants will be assigned one of the 6 posts available on the board – by dragging their name tag on the board to one of the posts.
- First player will take 15 cards from the pile and arrange them in the first quadrant on 3 rows of 5 cards each. The player will put them in a vertical position and facing up.
- The second player in line will have to wait for the first player to finish flipping over all 15 cards so he can start moving them in the second quadrant and flipping them over again (facing down). This workflow applies until the 6th player, when the first round ends.
- On the second round, the 15 cards will be moved in batches of 5 cards. Basically, players have to wait for 5 cards to be moved and flipped over so that the next player in line can start moving and flipping them over in his assigned quadrant. This workflow applies until the 6th player, when the round ends.
- On the third round, the 15 cards will be moved in batches of 3 cards. Players have to wait for 3 cards to be moved and flipped over so that the next one in line can start moving and flipping them over in his assigned quadrant.
- On the final round, once the first player has moved one card and flipped it over in the first quadrant, the next in line can already start his job.
- The facilitator may ask the following questions:
- How different were the results of each round? How would you explain these differences?
- In which round did you feel the best and why?
- Did you have the chance to try out something similar in your professional activity?
- What resources do you need to implement this approach within your organization?
This activity follows activity type guide from CARTA