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Split your team into two groups (be sure to mix up people who would usually stick together, such as developers or customers).

Give both teams a piece of flip-chart paper and ask them to draw the things that were important to them during the last sprint.

After 10 minutes, ask the teams to swap papers and present the opposite team’s paper to the room. You will be surprised at the familiar themes that come out, and will also appreciate the laughter that comes out of delightfully bad drawing.

The main point of the exercise is that drawing helps people to be open about their emotions, rather than their reasoning, and you get to the heart of what people need and appreciate – without the political phrasing.