Zoltán Havasi

Crowd-to-teams randomiser

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Divide the workshop participants into any number of smaller group in a randomised fashion. It is a fun way to do it. 

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Goal

Form heterogeneous teams / avoid close ties to work together to foster group thinking

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Materials

  • enough space to line up the whole group

Instructions


No special forces needed from the facilitator. It is enough if you are able to check numbers from 1 to 31 are in ascending order.


Before

Don't tell the purpose of the exercise upfront. Tell them it is going to be an energizer, requiring both their mental and physical resources.


During  

Ask all participants to line up according to the day of their birthday from 1 to 31.

If one day occurs more than once, the month will define the order. If even the month matches, then the year will tell. If there are people born on the exact same day, it is time to celebrate. (never happened to me).

Once the group thinks they are done, go run a check round. Ask them to tell their days one by one, in ascending order. Correct any mistakes if needed.

Ask the group to listen carefully. You are going to tell them a number. You are going to tell them only once, so better listen carefully.

Now, start to count from 1 to x (x = the number of smaller teams you would like to divide the group), pointing one person in the line at a time, then move to the next. Continue till you get to the last person in line. Say you would like to divide a 12 persons group into 3 teams of 4s. You count 1-2-3, three times pointing one person at a time.

Now ask the group to tell back the number you just told them one-by-one. Ask them to do it again, even faster. By this time they will know what was the purpose of the exercise. 

Still, make it clear by asking them to divide into x groups according to the number they just told. Whoever got the number 1 will form team 1. People with number 2 will be team 2. And so on ...


After

Check if the randomised teams are really heterogeneous. Course correct if necessary.

Give me your feedback in the comment section bellow. I appreciate it a lot.

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  • I thought this was going to be an original way to divide up groups, but this is just the bulk standard. Disappointing.

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    over 1 year ago
  • Thank you for the feedback @Paul. I would appreciate if you would further elaborate your disappointment (what made the expectation that wasn't​ met?) so that I could fix the problem.

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    over 1 year ago
  • Good question @Zoltan. I think it was the phrases "It is a fun way to do it." and "Tell them it is going to be an energizer, requiring both their mental and physical resources." and "Ask the group to listen carefully. You are going to tell them a number. You are going to tell them only once, so better listen carefully."... so I was reading on thinking Oh cool, this will be a really different way to split up the groups that I've never seen before! But then it was the same way that teachers and facilitators have always split up groups. So for me it was like a joke without a punchline. Does that make sense?

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    over 1 year ago
  • Thank you @Paul to enlighten me about the expectations I set but not met.

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    over 1 year ago