Pick-play-pass is a game used to cohesively organize divergent perspectives.
It's a game. It's fun. It builds shared understanding and alignment.
This practice is particularly well suited to large audiences as it provides an equal opportunity for all participants to be engaged (not just a few HIPOs or vocal participants.)
Pick-play-pass is played similar to gift giving games such as "white elephant" or "yankee swap."
The first participant pick an item from the backlog and plot it on the scale. The participant should give a short explanation of why they placed the item where they did.
The second participant now has 2 options:
Additional participants should continue to "pick" or "play" items until all items are plotted on the scale. If there are more cards than participants, loop back to the first participant after the last participant has made a move.
Once all items have been plotted, participants now have 3 options:
The game is over when all participants choose to "pass" their turn, indicating agreement.
Check out these great links which can help you dive a little deeper into running the Pick-Play-Pass practice with your team, customers or stakeholders.