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Design Thinking: Warm-up Games

Creating Positive Group Atmosphere


Warm-ups can stimulate creativity, boost group dynamics, bring about relaxation, or be used as an icebreaker to get to know one another.

Warm-ups promote collaboration and strengthen a curious attitude. Warm-up games thus support the design thinking process, serves as an energizer, and improve problem-solving.

In design thinking, we conduct warm-up games not only at the beginning of the workshop, but also after a break or when we realize that the group is no longer working efficiently. This can take place in any phase of the collaboration and have different goals.

Benefits of doing warm-up:

  1. Create a positive group atmosphere

  2. Give workshop participants the chance to get to know one another

  3. Remove social barriers

  4. Reduce pressure to succeed

  5. Activate and release positive energy

  6. Distract the group a little bit so concentration is improved afterwards

  7. Prepare the team for a certain mindset or way of working

  8. Have fun and share a laugh

This PPT presentation includes four warm-up games that are easy to organize to energize your Design Thinking workshop:

1. Clapping Game: A lively and interactive warm-up that engages participants by synchronizing their claps, fostering teamwork, and setting a positive tone for your Design Thinking workshop.

2. Walk & Stop Game: An engaging warm-up activity that challenges participants to coordinate their movements, promoting team cohesion and a fun atmosphere to kickstart your Design Thinking workshop.

3. Numbers Game: A dynamic warm-up that encourages participants to work together by arranging themselves in numerical order, enhancing communication skills, and creating a collaborative atmosphere for your Design Thinking workshop.

4. Communication Game: An interactive warm-up game designed to improve communication and problem-solving skills among participants, setting the stage for effective collaboration in your Design Thinking workshop.

Appendix – Suggestions for Facilitators

You may also be interested in the following related documents (sold separately):

  1. Design Thinking Workshop Guide

  2. Design Thinking Frameworks Reference Guide

  3. Design Thinking: Ideation Techniques

  4. Design Thinking: Warm-Up Games

  5. Customer Journey Mapping

  6. Value Proposition Canvas

  7. Business Model Canvas

  8. Service Design

  9. Digital Transformation: People, Organization & Change

  10. Digital Transformation: Step-by-step Implementation Guide

  11. Digital Customer Service

  12. Lean Daily Management System

  13. Change Management

  14. Lean Start-up

  15. Strategic Planning: Eight Steps to Implementation

  16. Hoshin Kanri

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