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Magic Moments in an Ignite (Estimates)

Updated: Apr 13, 2023

There are a number of Magic Moments that occur during an Ignite workshop.

One of my favourites is when an estimate provided by one nervous individual becomes collectively owned and agreed by everyone in the room.

People are always nervous giving estimates during an Ignite workshop, as usually they are put on the spot to come up with something with very little background info and based on experience or “gut feel”, and then they are anxious that they will be held to account for it.

We reassure them that there will be ample opportunity to refine the estimate as we learn more about the work post-Ignite.

We ask the collective room to validate the estimate and refine it based on what feels right.

This can be quickly achieved using T-Shirt sizes (S,M,L,XL) or Fibonacci cards (0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89)

Magic happens when the anxiety is lifted once everyone in the room is happy with the estimate.

Magic happens again when it turns out the estimate was not that far off!

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