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Silly Stories

Submitted by: Emilia Breton Lake

Focus: Relationship, Practices, Mindset

Number of Players:


Average Game Time:
5-40 minutes

Snake Oil Game 

A game that helps team members focus on each other, communicate, self-organize, and write good stories.

  1. Set the stage.

  2. The PO team takes a Customer Card, reads it aloud, and places it in the center of the table.

  3. In pairs the other players combine two Word Cards from their hands to create a user story for the customer in a 2 minute timebox.

  4. In clockwise order from the PO, teams share their user story. The PO can cut off any story that goes over 30 seconds or is not in user story format.

  5. After each team has shared a story, the PO picks the best story and awards the Customer Card to the team.

  6. After each team has been the PO once, the team with the most Customer Cards wins!

  7. Have each member share an experiment they will try in the refinement meeting based on what they learned in the game.

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