The activity starts by grouping participants in teams. Each team randomly picks 2 subjects out of the 16 Agile Manifesto values and principles. (4 values + 12 principles)
The team selects, at their discretion, one of the two subjects to put up a shadow show where other teams will guess the subject.
Teams are provided with tools and materials to build their shadow puppets: paper, cardboard, scissors, glue, sticky tape, little sticks… The teams are allocated a 5-minutes timeslot to prepare the show.
How to run the shows? Use a video projector to display a white background and let the teams take turn to roll out their shows! The teams must abide to the following rules: — no speaking — sound effects and animal noises are allowed — puppets can move — puppets can be made by simply moving the hands, cardboard is not mandatory.
Each team has also been handed out a full copy of the Agile Manifesto values and principles: the first team to guess which one matches the shadow show earns 1 point! But be careful, each team only has one guess per show! As for the team putting up the show, they also earn 1 point if their subject has been guessed!
First of all, you need a good ol’ video projector which is usually found in most of the meeting rooms.
As you’ll want a proper white background during the shows, just prepare in advance an empty slide. I went a little further by reminding the goal of the activity on top of the slide: Which Agile Manifesto value or pinciple? Obviously, this sentence depends on the theme of the subjects that must be guessed.