The Forming triangle exergizer is to be used for fostering the conversation about self-organization

Given a group of people multiple of 3 (12 for example), the facilitator will run a similar activity twice.

First run:

The facilitator asks the group to walk (individually) in a random direction

When the facilitator says the magic word “triangle”, each group member has to find other 2 people and from an equilateral triangle (each person is a triangle vertices, and should point each arm toward the other two people representing the other triangle vertices; each person is a triangle vertice on one triangle only).

The facilitator takes the time of how long it took the group to from the triangles.

Second run

The facilitator selects one person to be the group triangle organizer.

The facilitator asks the group to walk in a random direction

When the facilitator says the magic word “triangle”, the group triangle organizer has to form equilateral triangles with all group members (including himself in one of the triangles).

The facilitator takes the time of how long it took the group to form the triangles.

Conversation to follow

The first run shows a self organizing group; the second run show a group guided by one organizer (the group triangle organizer).

Typically, the self-organizing triangle formation runs faster than its counterpart, and the team feel more engaged on the activity.

I find this activity very useful for starting a conversation about self organizing teams.

I learned this activity from Heitor Roriz, a friend and Scrum coach and trainer from one of his trainings. Kudos to him for applying a fun activity for fostering the conversation about an essential concept of successful agile teams: self-organization.