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About the Icebreaker Template
What are icebreakers?
When new people join a company or a team, it can be hard for everyone to get to know each other. This is especially true for remote and distributed teams. Icebreakers are games, activities, questions, or events that are used to get people comfortable with each other and bring everyone together. Effective icebreakers can warm up a conversation, reinforce the topic of discussion, and ensure that everyone is engaged in a session.
Looking for new ideas for icebreakers? Read our blog on 27 icebreakers great for remote and in-house team building.
How do you use the icebreaker template?
First, pick a question and place it in the working area of your Icebreaker template. Then, sketch, write or paste a picture with your answer. When everyone is done, ask for each team member to explain their answer and also share yours.
When should you use an icebreaker?
Icebreakers are especially valuable when team members aren't all located in the same office, are meeting for the first time, or are tackling a new challenge together.
Examples of icebreakers
There are three main types of icebreakers. First, icebreakers can be used just for fun. When people know each other, icebreakers are great tools to help get the conversation flowing. Second, icebreakers can help segue into the topic of the meeting. Third, icebreakers can be used as an activity for the meeting itself.
Here are some examples of icebreakers questions you can use:
Describe yourself in just a single word.
Share a photo of yourself as a baby.
What was your first job? Your worst job?
If you were an animal, what would you be?
If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
If you could meet a historical figure, who would that be?
What is your favorite time of the day? Why?
Do you like to travel or are you more of a homebody?
What would be your superpowers of choice?
If you could become an expert in any field in a snap, what field would you choose? Why?
What would be your last meal?
Quick Retrospective Template
A retrospective template empowers you to run insightful meetings, take stock of your work, and iterate effectively. The term “retrospective” has gained popularity over the more common “debriefing” and “post-mortem,” since it’s more value-neutral than the other terms. Some teams refer to these meetings as “sprint retrospectives” or “iteration retrospectives,” “agile retrospectives” or “iteration retrospectives.” Whether you are a scrum team, using the agile methodology, or doing a specific type of retrospective (e.g. a mad, sad, glad retrospective), the goals are generally the same: discovering what went well, identifying the root cause of problems you had, and finding ways to do better in the next iteration.
Service Blueprint Template
First introduced by G. Lynn Shostack in 1984, service blueprints allow you to visualize the steps that go into a service process from the customer’s perspective. Service blueprints are useful tools for understanding and designing a service experience – and finding ways to improve it. Service blueprint diagrams make it simpler for teams to design new processes or improve existing ones. To create a service blueprint, map out each process and actor that contributes to the customer experience, from in-house contributors to third-party vendors.
Bang for the Buck Template
The name pretty much says it—this Agile framework is all about helping you maximize efficiency by powering collaboration between product managers and dev teams. Together you can go over each to-do on the project agenda and evaluate them in terms of costs and benefits. That way you can prioritize tasks based on how much bang for your buck they deliver. This template is great for teams and organizations that want to make a strategic plan to tackle an upcoming sprint.
Dot voting, also known as “sticker voting,” “dotmocracy,” or “voting with dots”, allows teams to point out issues in a series of potential solutions or to prioritize tasks when presented with various options. Dot voting is different from the default “one-share” or “one-vote” rule. Instead, each person in the group is given as many votes (or “points”) as can be filled. Those votes can either all be cast for one idea, or distributed among many ideas. You can use dot voting any time your team prioritizes options or agrees on a direction to take for a high-stakes project.
Everyone has been in a meeting that didn’t go as planned. Maybe it ran off course, or you ran out of time to accomplish everything you set out to do -- or maybe it just felt like a waste of time. To avoid that, it’s important to prepare to run a team meeting ahead of time. With this simple but effective template, you can prepare to run a team meeting that ticks all the boxes. By creating a streamlined way to build preparation into your workflow, you’ll ensure your meetings are efficient, enjoyable, and collaborative.
OKR Planning Template
The OKR Planning template helps you turn exhaustive OKR sessions into dynamic and productive meetings. Use this template to make OKR planning more interactive, guiding your team through the session with creative Ice Breakers and Brainstorms, so you can co-create your OKRs and define the key results and action plans to achieve them.