A quick team builder game
Mad Libs, for those who are unfamiliar, is defined below from the Wiki definition:
“Mad Libs is a phrasal template word game where one player prompts others for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story, before reading the – often comical or nonsensical – story aloud. The game is frequently played as a party game or as a pastime.”
- Create paragraph from the User Story structure you use. My example is below
As a [person] I want a [noun] So that I can [verb][adverb] GIVEN I have a [noun] WHEN I [verb][adverb] THEN I can [verb] better. Acceptance Criteria 1. I can [verb] when I [verb] on the [noun] 2. If I select the [noun] I am shown the [noun]
2. Note the list of words you need to be filled in
Person x 1 Noun x 5 Verb x 5 Adverb x 2
- Do not show your team the User Story paragraph as this gives the game away
- Ask each person in turn to name one of the lists of words
- Read aloud the finished story that you have all created together
- A lot of laughter
- Team building from doing something silly and creative together – there are no wrong answers in this game!
- Getting to know each other a bit more from what the first word that came into people’s heads
In the future I would like to try using this to teach User Story writing or BDD scenarios. I think it could be a good tool to act as a template for a simple User Story and could help create a conversation over structure and language.