Communication awardImprove the communication is the dream of all teams/units/companies. Some teams/units/companies are good on that, but they want to master it. In the other hand, some teams/units/companies are not good at all. Wherever is the level of communication, I want to show a very good game to improve it.

Here is the experience  with an easy game. I said easy because with the same util, we really can do a lot of games with different level of complexity. The big idea is improve the communication, in any case we want to get one team frustrated. Said this, my recommendation is start with a easy design/game and add complexity in the future. You could run this activities 3 or 4 times per year the first year and once or twice after the first year.

In this post I will share something easy: “The communication race”.

Util: one flip-chart sheet with the design of one circuit + wood-puller or something similar you could build yourself (check pictures):

Communication race Communication wood puller






The rule: very simple, the team need to do one lap without “whites”. They always need to keep the pencil touching the sheet and without go out of the circuit.

If the fail the first lap, a new lap needs to be done 🙂

Number of participants: from 5 to 20 people.

The result: Fantastic results, team full talking, coordination and team work. Of course, a lot of laughter and a lot of fun. 🙂

If you want to go the extra mile, don’t forget to give awards to each pilot, here is the award for this first grand Prix in the team:

Communication Award Communication Award






I have plan to run in other teams with more complex designs and repeat it in the same time in 3/4 months with more complex design also. If you think a little bit, the possibilities are infinity. I really like and strongly recommend if you have communication issues or you want to master the communication in your team/unit/company.

Here I will share also one small video of the first lap:

I will appreciate your feedback or comments in this activity, did you did something like that?

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Omar is an agile practitioner and lover. Certified Scrum master. Agile Coach & Agile Leader. He believes it is important to continually be learning and growing. His dream is to be a lifelong learner; growing each day. He is also passionate about leadership development and seeing people reach their full potential. He is also a good husband & father (his wife says that time to times). He has a wonderful wife and 2 fantastic kids. In his free time, if he does not have any plan ahead, he tries to apply agile methodologies at the family level :). He enjoys a lot to travel with his family and discovers new places for them.