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Group photo

Good old fashion group photo. Spice it up by dressing up and adding props. Something relating to your product area, or maybe something symbolising your team. Make sure to print it in high quality, and place it somewhere visible in… Continue Reading →

Your personal mug

Mark a milestone achieved by creating personal mugs for the entire team. Take a pottery class and craft them yourselves, or buy premade mugs and paint/decorate them. Or have them printed out in the town with you own favourite quote,… Continue Reading →

Share a hobby

Get to know more about each other by trying out another team members hobby. If you all share the same hobby, you could also challenge yourselves. Ever wanted to knit? Try out claymaking? Gardening, building models, playing with LEGO, Mountainbiking,… Continue Reading →

Play!

If you can manage to introduce a culture of play and games at work, you’ve come a long way. Games are an excellent source of (of course) fun, but also of reflection and team building. It has potential to deal… Continue Reading →

Barbeque

Host a barbecue at someones home. Or go outside, to the park. Remember the sauce. And the beers. Combine it with quizzes and contests, or just enjoy the good company.

Time capsule

Collect a set of artefacts that symbolises what you are occupied as a team at that moment. Store them in a time capsule, and save it for later on. It’ll be fun opening it later on (half a year, a… Continue Reading →

Pop it!

Have bubbles on the cool. Will make any celebration special.

Host an event

Invite customers, stakeholders, other departments, or other companies with shared interest. Make it special. Ensure invitation, music, dancing, entertainment. Maybe team up with an event bureau to make it extra special.

Go wild

Go archery shooting. Or shooting. Push your borders a little and feel the adrenaline.

Have a theme party

Or just a party. Out on the town. Or at the office. Or at someones homes. Maybe decide on a party “committee” who makes the practical planning and ensures the team agrees on budget etc.. Themes could be inspired by… Continue Reading →

Ding!

Get a bell. Or a gong. Ring it at fun times, or to mark something special. Agree on something you wish to pursue in a sprint, e.g. testing early in the sprint, releasing multiple times during sprint, automated test cases… Continue Reading →

Sightseeing

Explore a foreign place. Or explore new sights in your hometown, and learn about their history and importance – you might get pleasantly surprised. Pretend to be a tourist and consider what you’d go visit. Alternatively go Geocaching.

Kahoot! yourselves

Kahoot! is a twist on the classical Quiz, providing an online tool in which everyone can create their own quizzes, and participate using their mobile phones. Use it to make contests and quizzes that are both fun and insightful. Add questions… Continue Reading →

Go see a show

Go to the theater, or go see a musical. Unwind.

LAN party

Go retro. Find old console games, or join in online games. Join country competitions or just arrange it at the office after working hours.  

Laughter course

In most major cities it is possible to arrange a laughter course. It will seem silly, but it is also a lot of fun, and can be a shared memory for the team to return to once in a while.

Jar of sweets

When a milestone is met, fill a jar of lasting candy, e.g. caramels, wrapped candy. That way, the celebration will last a little longer, and be a nice reminder of what you’ve achieved.

Singing

Okayyy – crazy goes. But singing has all sorts of positive effects. And you don’t even have to be good at it, to reap the benefits. If you can pass the barrier of embarassment, and make it a natural part of… Continue Reading →

Go adventuring!

Do something extraordinary. Try out a hot air balloon, go hiking, wall-climbing, water-rafting, biking, segway, motorcross, sumo-wrestling. Challenge yourselves a bit, get some wind in the air, feel the tingle in the stomach, and have fun!

Click!

Have a polaroid or disposal camera at the office. Have the team take photos of special events or whatever they want. Releases, A daily scrum, a retrospective, a birthday, a focused developer. Hang the pictures on a wall to add… Continue Reading →

Postcards

Send postcards from your trips. Share your greetings and travels with your team. Color up the office and hang them on the wall.

Holiday decorations

Make traditions around (some or all) holidays. Halloween, Easter, Christmas, national holidays. Decorate the office, dress up, create easter eggs in the code, make a quiz. Be silly. Have fun.

Collectors

Share a hobby, e.g. collect star wars figures, lego figures or other artefacts, and put them in the office. Agree on when to acquire them – e.g. at release times, when somebody goes on holiday, when a major milestone is… Continue Reading →

Contests

Make contests, such as “Bug finder of the month”, “The one who gave the most praise”, whatever you want to enforce in the team, or just for fun. It could also be silly quizzes, each month, that could provide insights to… Continue Reading →

Drinks night

Discover the world of cocktails. Get a book on the subject, or explore the internet. Get some remedies and take turns on being the bartender. Variants Make them virgin, so that you can go to work next day 🙂 Arrange… Continue Reading →

Team robot

Acquire some fun toys, and play with them once in a while, to unwind and laugh together. An electric car, a toy robot, a quadroscope, whatever.

Games night (or afternoon)

Play games. Could be; At the office, or out in town In the afternoon, after lunch, or in the evening Could be board games, cards, dices. There could be a game master, who arranges the game, or team members could… Continue Reading →

Escape Room

Escape rooms are located in most larger Cities. They are excellent sources of team building. One hour in a room to solve a riddle – and the team must work together. Arrange a meal out in the town, and you… Continue Reading →

Team mascot

Get a team mascot to the team. It could be a teddy bear, or other artefact that the team decides, e.g. something that symbolises the team, the product, or the customers they work with. Best is if it is introduced… Continue Reading →

Dining-with-stars

Team members take turn on housing a “dinner party”. It can be as formal or informal as the team decides. Inspiration: In the tv-series “Dining with stars” the host must arrange a meal (1-3 courses), and some entertainment. The guests… Continue Reading →

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