Play Ice Breaker Bingo To Warm Up The Retrospective Meeting

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GoRetro Team
Posted on
Sep 4, 2022
Updated on
Sep 8, 2022
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Icebreaker Bingo (also known as “People Bingo” “Human Bingo”, “Get to Know You Bingo”, “Networking Bingo”, or “Mingle Bingo”) is an icebreaker game that motivates players to mingle and learn all kinds of interesting facts about each other. The game’s cards contain prompts such as “Work out before work” and “Good cook.” In order to win, you must get a set of four squares in a row, column, or diagonal. Its purpose is to loosen up the group for the retrospective meeting and help them feel more comfortable with each other. It’s a low-risk and low-pressure way to learn more about your teammates. These conversations can reveal surprising facts about coworkers.

How Do You Play Icebreaker Bingo?

There are multiple ways you can play Icebreaker Bingo, either collaboratively or individually. 

Team effort

Find a suitable bingo card from our Icebreaker Bingo generator, randomize the questions and when you find the right match share the invite link with your peers. 

  1. Members take turns picking a category and guessing who in the room falls into it.
  2. Got it right? Mark the square by clicking it.
  3. Did you get it wrong? On to the next member of the team.
  4. Keep playing until everyone plays at least once, or until someone gets a BINGO!

This version of the game is perfect for hybrid or fully remote meetings, as it gives all participants a terrific opportunity to engage!

Individual Quest

First find a suitable bingo card from our Icebreaker Bingo generator and share it with the group. Next, let the team mingle and talk, and find people who share the traits listed on the card. Each square must be marked with the name of another player who fits the description. First player to get four squares in a row/column/diagonal and shout “Bingo!” wins the round! 

Share Your Experiences

Ask team members to share an interesting trait they learned about someone else or describe how they feel now that they know their peers better. When people take the time to get to know each other, barriers dissolve, people open up, and learning can take place.

Final Thoughts

The Icebreaker Bingo warm up game can uncover some surprising facts and show similarities between team members. Most players are already familiar with the rules, and the instructions are easy to follow. The game is a low-risk and low-pressure way to learn more about teammates. These conversations can reveal surprising facts about coworkers. Not to mention, the game gets people talking and loosens up the group.

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