How to do meaningful Team Meeting, inspired by Agile and Scrum.

Why are Team Meeting boring?

Team meeting is too often used as a way to perform reporting and control: they start with some information cascaded from high above, then everyone reports what they have done the last week(s) or month — most of which they have already forgotten by then — and in the very last minute, maybe someone asks a question. Sounds familiar?

We all already experienced it, we all know it, and we all somehow accept it.

There is not much to salvage from these meetings in my opinion. As a team member or leader, you will have a very incomplete view of what the team is working on; the team is not motivated anymore; the team leader is slowly eroding its authority; and on top of everything, the team lost time that should have been productive.

Asking the real question

Let’s step back for a moment.

Feedback or lessons learnt are never fully capitalized and used

Project A is different than Project B, that is not the same product, not the same process, not the same people, customers, organization … excuses are easy to find.

  • What went wrong in the last sprint?
  • What could we do better?
  • What was great?

Less Control, More Empowerment

How can a standard Team Meeting get inspired by Scrum Retrospective? Start by changing the narrative of the meeting from …

How to run a meaningful Team Meeting?

There is no silver bullet here, as it is highly dependent of your setup, but one of the best ways is to rely on small games — such as the one over here. The reasons why they are efficient can be partially found in any good book on Management 3.0 — like this one ;)

Use a template like this one to solve defined issues

Baptiste.

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Baptiste Grand

Baptiste Grand

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I’m an Agile Coach that wants to inspire you to seek happiness in your work and your life, by changing the way we do stuff.