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Training now available for Play facilitation from the Atlassian Team Playbook [certification]

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We’re testing a new certification to help individuals learn how to facilitate Plays from the Atlassian Team Playbook. Read on to discover how you can take part!


Did you know

Plays* on the Atlassian Team Playbook are free workshop resources for addressing common team challenges and starting important conversations.

However, as a former product owner of Team Playbook and facilitator of many Plays for other teams, I know that a good facilitator can make or break the energy during a session. In fact, I’ve spoken to many teams who don’t run Plays because they can’t find an experienced facilitator.

Welp, that excuse ends now. Because we believe everyone who wants to improve their Play facilitation skills should be able to, we’re inviting an inaugural group of individuals to go through “Play facilitation training” to earn their Facilitation Certification.

*Side note: want to dive deeper into Playbook? Then check out our library of Plays. Find instructions for popular exercises such as retrospective, DACI, Roles and responsibilities, OKRs, and more.

Team Playbook Facilitator training

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Program requirements

1. Consumption of these articles.

2. Based on the reading material, score at least 90% on a short quiz.

3. Submission of short videos simulating facilitation of specific parts of a Play.

4. Facilitation of one of these debriefing Plays:

(Note: you will need to provide proof of facilitation by recording your session, writing an article about it, or facilitating a team we provide you).

5. An article posted in the Teamwork Lab with a reflection on these experiences and lessons learned.


Are you interested?

If so, your journey begins by emailing me at Once you complete your training, you’ll get a document as proof of certification as well as an exclusive badge for your profile!

For general questions, drop notes in the comments section of this article.


Awesome! Have emailed you for some further details

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It's so cool @Christine P_ Dela Rosa

Thanks for sharing. I'll look at it profoundly. 😃

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Thanks @Christine P_ Dela Rosa  for sharing.

I have one basic query, do we have any timeline for completion for this certification?

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Bridget Community Manager Oct 21, 2021

@Suvradip Paul - no timeline! Take your time - facilitation skills aren't built in a day 😀

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Thanks @Bridget for confirming . Well said! Definitely statement to believe and follow.

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Hi @Christine P_ Dela Rosa 

Thanks for sharing! I have already sent you an email! 😉


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Hi, community!

Thanks for this training idea.  When interested in facilitating often, perhaps consider an improvement progression to develop your readiness/effectiveness to support others:

  • find a coach for yourself on this topic/area
  • learn about a method
  • participate as a team member; self-retro to learn
  • participate as an observer of another person facilitating; retro with the facilitator to learn
  • pair with another facilitator; retro to learn
  • facilitate with another facilitator observing; retro to learn
  • free-solo; retro to learn
  • coach someone else in the method; retro to learn
  • repeat

Kind regards,

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I second that @Bill Sheboy. And so as not to repeat your suggested progression ProTip, I'll note that I was in awe watching my first few Plays, wasn't very good when I tried to facilitate my first session, but was 10x better in my second facilitation, and 10x better after that after applying feedback. It's that feedback + application iteration that has helped me over time.

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Fabian Lim Community Leader Oct 22, 2021

Interested.  I sent you an email.

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Laura Holton Community Leader Oct 26, 2021

Thank you for the run through @Christine P_ Dela Rosa 🙌

Colour me interested! I've popped over an email and I look forward to getting started 😄

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@nina_schmidt you should have a look at this one 🙂

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nina_schmidt Community Leader Oct 27, 2021

Thanks @Fabienne Gerhard already saw this and would love to, but my schedule is packed… 

@Christine P_ Dela Rosa any chance to get a rough estimate of the effort behind? 

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@nina_schmidt this is an open invitation that can start now or down in the future. Some folks may sprint through the 5-step program and finish as quickly as in a couple of weeks, but my guess is that it will spread over a much longer period of time. 

Also, you can start the program now, finish the first couple of steps, and then pick it up back up in a month or down in the future. It's up to you! 

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nina_schmidt Community Leader Oct 29, 2021

Thanks @Christine P_ Dela Rosa - count me in in December ☺️

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meghna_singh Community Leader Nov 08, 2021

This is great! Thanks for sharing 

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G subramanyam Community Leader Nov 23, 2021

Hi @Christine P_ Dela Rosa I have emailed you to consider my entry to this play facilitation certification program.

Looking forward to hear from you with the next steps.

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The program is indeed still going on, @G subramanyam ! I’ll respond with more details via email :)

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Pramodh M Community Leader Dec 14, 2021

Hi @Christine P_ Dela Rosa 

Sent an Email for enrollment. Please let me know the next steps.


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This is exciting - my email is flying through the sky as I type... 

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Dec 17, 2021

Adding this to my Q1 2022 goals! I'll be emailing @Christine P_ Dela Rosa soon to get started (once I finish my 2021 goals that are still outstanding - nothing like a deadline to create a sense of urgency!)

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Like @Andy Gladstone adding this to my yearly goals.

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Hi @Christine P_ Dela Rosa 

   Thanks for sharing, I have already sent you an email.


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Wow! Interesting program!

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Tuncay Senturk Community Leader Feb 23, 2022

Cool! Thanks for sharing @Christine P_ Dela Rosa 

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Darryl Lee Atlassian Team Mar 11, 2022

That is awesome!!

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