Back to back – Ice Breaker #10

ice breaker/energizer: back to back
ice breaker/energizer: back to back

Today, I will present you a little Ice Breaker that you will surely have the opportunity to use if you do not know it yet: back to back. We can also talk about Energizer for this little practice. Let see how to animate it.

You can also discover our other: Ice Breaker / Energizer

back to back

This energizer aims to show the interest of collaborative work while giving you the energy to start a workshop.

Duration: 10 minutes for the classic version

Step 1 of back to back

The facilitator will ask each participant to find a person of similar height and weight; this will constitute X binomials.

Then, all binomials will have to seat on the ground back to back and will have to hook their arms as shown in the picture below:

dos à dos

Step 2 of back to back

Now each binomial will have to stand up keeping their arms tied and staying back to back. This exercise is not easy and will require a little energy.

Step 3 – other possibility

The facilitator can also purpose an additional step which will be to let all the binomials discuss with each other after the first try to find improvement axes to get up faster.

This can be interesting before to do again a back-to-back session and bringing the notion of continuous improvement.

The facilitator can also purpose to all the participants to discuss among themselves so that all binomials find the best solution to get up faster. The idea in this case is to bring the essential notion of collective intelligence into the teams.

Conclusion: back to back

So to conclude, this ice breaker is really interesting and can create a great atmosphere between the participants. The teams will be able to learn some interesting concepts: collective intelligence, continuous improvement and especially the importance of collaborative work.

Useful link: Ice breaker in french

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About Judicaël Paquet 135 Articles
Judicaël Paquet (agile coach and senior devops) My activities in France and Switzerland: - agile transformation architect - customized agile training - sensitization and manager coaching - agile maturity audits and situations - agile coaching (teams, orga, product owner, scrum master, agile coach) Specialties: scrum, kanban, management 3.0, scalability, lean startup, agile method.

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