Retrospective Activity for Team Communication: Mind the Duck

A retrospective activity that I tried recently that builds around a lego duck. My focus was on team communication but this could probably be replaced by something else …

Mind the Duck

Exercise 1: Build your Duck

(set the stage)

  • Every team member gets the same set of 8 lego bricks
  • They have then 30 seconds to build a duck out of the bricks
  • After that everyone introduces his duck with 2-3 sentences
  • Debriefing: tell the team that this is meant to symbolise that we all have “our own ducks in our heads” and that this is a challenge when we communicate. We often think we are talking about the same thing but what we actually have in mind is “our own duck” that does not actually need to resemble what others have in their mind.

Exercise 2: Build Your Current Team Communication

(gather data)

  • give the team some kind of “space” like a table/big sheet of (flip chart)paper that represents “their world”
  • ask them to position the ducks on it to represent how they communicate with each other: very close positions equals “good/a lot of communication”, far positioning equals few/no/bad communication
  • the first person positions his duck on it, then the next person posistions his duck and so on …
  • the team may re-position all ducks through discussions until they are satisfied with their representation of their current communication pattern

Exercise 3: Build Your Ideal Team Communication

(gather data)

  • same as exercise 2 but now ask them to build how they would ideally communicate

Exercise 4: Brainstorm Ideas for Improvement

(generate insights)

  • what would need to change in order to transition to the result of exercise 3?
  • which communication lines need the most improvement?
  • collect ideas for actions

Exercise 5: Action Plan

(decide what to do)

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