Creating a shared terminology in teams
Meaningful communication start’s with agreed upon concepts and using them consistently throughout the project. This game 'Of One Breath' is straightforward but challenging at the same time. The players get two words that appear to be synonyms but de facto have a different meaning. Your task is to explain the conceptual difference between the two, all in one breath.
The rules are as follows:
Speaking aloud is imperative, sometimes things can make perfect sense inside your head, but saying it comes out like utter nonsense. You can play the game for yourself, while having a long walk or a bike trip. When you play the game with the team, take turns in explaining. Adapt, rework and combine the descriptions, until you reach an agreement. Keep it short and sweet. The game can sometimes result in gem’s like:
‘Validation is about doing the right thing; verification is about doing things right.’
Ready to give it a try? Explain in one breath, the fundamental difference between:
Playing the game can be both a surprising and a scary activity. You may suddenly realize that the people you have been working with for months, attach a totally different meaning to words than you do. Which then makes you wonder about the value of all the intense meetings and discussions you had together (!)