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Play of the month: Reclaim your precious time with a Ritual Reset

Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Apr 26, 2021

Chances are, we can probably all agree that team rituals are important. These regularly occurring activities in service of our teams and organizations can have tremendous impact on our work.

But when’s the last time you took some time to examine your team’s rituals? Been a while? Or maybe it’s something you haven’t had a chance to do… ever? No worries. Our new Play, Ritual Reset, will guide you through the process and help you decide which rituals to keep, improve, and maybe even remove.

To give you a sneak peek, you’ll run through:

  • For the keepers: how do we ensure they continue to be effective?

  • For those to improve: what's one thing we can try to make them better?

  • For those to remove: who will remove them from everyone’s calendars?

(An example of the Play in action using a Trello board! ⬇️)

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Feeling ready to try out the new Play with your team? We’d love to talk with you about how it goes, and hear any thoughts you might have about your team’s rituals and ways of working. Let us know below! 

 

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I will try this today with my team

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Apr 27, 2021

Awesome, @Manish Bannur . We'd love to hear how it goes!

@Kristen Roth Thanks! Interesting I will propose that one to the team :) 

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Apr 27, 2021

Great! Let us know what comes out of the exercise, @Gonchik Tsymzhitov!

We detected for one team the next ritual, 

they played early before retro meeting in the office playstation, to be relaxed. 

Now we trying to cover via online game, let's see how it will help. 

 

That ritual  based on the skipping stress before retro and demo meeting, because some team members are feeling some stress.

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@Kristen Roth Thank you for sharing that idea again! 

Today we did a new version of that ? :) 

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

How fun! I love the idea of introducing a ritual that reduces stress... and promotes team bonding! Thanks for sharing, @Gonchik Tsymzhitov

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@Kristen Roth You're welcome! 

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John Funk Community Leader May 04, 2021

What a good reminder to review rituals. It is easy for them to become stale and common place.

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

It sure is, @John Funk. Let us know if you give this Play a go!  

Vero Rivas Community Leader May 04, 2021

Hi @Kristen Roth 

   The truth is that I had not read this until today and I think it just gave me ideas to consider with my team.

   Thank you very much for sharing

Cheers

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

That's great, @Vero Rivas! Let us know what you uncover!  

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Dave Atlassian Team May 04, 2021

This is an interesting play, do you think this would work when taking on a new team or would this be something you only do with teams that you've been in for a while?

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

It can absolutely be used when taking on a new team! Chances are, the team you're joining has their own set of rituals that need reviewing. This would give you a chance to learn what they are, and, be a fresh pair of eyes for them as they determine what changes might be needed.

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Dave Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

Great - thanks @Kristen Roth !

Jayesh Baviskar Community Leader May 05, 2021

Something really interesting. Thanks for sharing

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

Thanks for reading, @Jayesh Baviskar !

Thanks for sharing. will explore this

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

Let us know how it goes, @KAGITHALA BABU ANVESH !

Brant Schroeder Community Leader May 05, 2021

Interesting, I am almost scared to use it and see what ends up being identified.

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 05, 2021

All the more reason to jump right in, @Brant Schroeder! 😉

Our team had many 💡 moments when we ran the Play and we all felt it was such a worthwhile exercise. 

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Laura Holton Community Leader May 07, 2021

This is really interesting, I'll definitely have to give it a go and see what it uncovers 😃 Thanks for sharing @Kristen Roth 

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 10, 2021

Great, @Laura Holton ! We'd love to hear how it goes!

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Fadoua Community Leader May 08, 2021

Hard to make changes to the team rituals when you are a member to the team not the decision maker not even the Scrummaster. 

Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 10, 2021

@Fadoua do you think running this Play could help get conversations about changes started?

G subramanyam Community Leader May 10, 2021

Thank you @Kristen Roth I will explore this Team playbook and post my observation/ experience.

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 10, 2021

Excellent, @G subramanyam !

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Guilhem Dupuy Community Leader May 12, 2021

Great post !

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Great reminder that Agile rituals should never be considered sacrosanct and should be up for review alongside everything else. 

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Sudarshan Community Leader May 13, 2021

Interesting.!

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this is interesint

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That's an interesting idea.

I think I'll twist it a bit to use it in a new team to identify and build new rituals. Then, in a few month, as intended - reviewing all rituals. 

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team May 20, 2021

Nice idea, @Leonie C_ Breitmoser !

Jack Brickey Community Leader May 24, 2021

Interesting read. I have a new project coming up that will be a cross functional team and I may try to incorporate this play. 

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Mohammed Amine Community Leader May 31, 2021

Interesting, nice !

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I feel post WFH for Covid there will be a lot of businesses needing to reset their rituals.  We had to recently purge a number as they were good for touching base while remote but with us in the office they seemed to be counter productive 

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Jul 02, 2021

That'll definitely be a great time to reevaluate! 

The teams I support regularly do this during retrospectives, with a "deep cleaning" during our annual retro.  We often use a tool like Trello to show a skeleton of our workflow and rituals, and brainstorm/discuss with 1-2-4-All on the areas, and define our next improvement experiments to see what we can learn next.

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Jul 02, 2021

Sounds like you've got a great process going, @Bill Sheboy !

DPK J Community Leader Jul 01, 2021

This look very similar to our sprint retro!

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It would be interesting to run a mini-version of this play once a month and see how the processes evolve. 

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Jul 02, 2021

For sure, @Marshall Walker Lee . Processes and rituals can be "broken" (and for quite a while!) without us even realizing they have problems. Carving out regular time to really take a close look at them will help us make sure we're using the time we have set aside for these in the most effective way.

Every now and then, some reset is vital ;)

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This is good one, gave us few reasons to use Trello ;)

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