The Graphic Gameplan is a visual tool that takes goals or objectives and breaks them down into a detailed gameplan with objectives, resources available, stages, tasks to reach the objective, success factors that support the plan, and any challenges the team may face.
When to use:
- Project kickoffs
- Create a plan to meet goals – such as for the year – either as a team or individually
- After brainstorming with an Affinity Diagram
- After prioritizing with Impact & Effort Matrix
Click here for a downloadable PDF: Graphic Gameplan-Visioning
Clarify objectives, timelines, tasks, resources and success factors, such as team rules of engagement, and mitigate challenges.
- Space to write – whiteboard of flipchart
- A project or goal
- Pens, markers
- Sticky notes (3×3 work great)
Time: 2 hours
Before meeting: Draw the graphic gameplan template:
Step 1: Explain purpose of activity and benefits.
- Agree on steps, target, stages, etc.
- Identify roles, resources to leverage team strengths.
- Identify and plan to mitigate challenges, risks.
Step 2: Identify team skills and other resources.
- Write names; roles can also be identified.
- Resources – key people, stakeholders, etc.
Step 3: Clarify the target. This is the #1 priority of exercise.
- Inner circle: Vision, mission, goals. State the team’s central mission for the project/year, or ask, “What is our purpose?” Record answers in the inner circle.
- Middle circle: Objectives or deliverables. List specific objectives here.
- Outer circle: Personal goals/objectives. Ask participants to share their personal objectives. “What is your personal incentive to work successfully on this team?” List these.
Step 4: Identify stages, tasks & timeline.
- Use pre-defined stages, or create them
- Lead discussion: Do these stages make sense? Should there be any others? Are they named clearly?
- Brainstorm tasks. Use sticky notes or write.
Step 5: Identify challenges. Discuss any challenges that may be faced and record under the mountains.