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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! ⬇️)
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!
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.
How fun! I love the idea of introducing a ritual that reduces stress... and promotes team bonding! Thanks for sharing, @Gonchik Tsymzhitov
What a good reminder to review rituals. It is easy for them to become stale and common place.
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
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?
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.
Something really interesting. Thanks for sharing
Thanks for sharing. will explore this
Interesting, I am almost scared to use it and see what ends up being identified.
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.
This is really interesting, I'll definitely have to give it a go and see what it uncovers 😃 Thanks for sharing @Kristen Roth
Hard to make changes to the team rituals when you are a member to the team not the decision maker not even the Scrummaster.
Great post !
Great reminder that Agile rituals should never be considered sacrosanct and should be up for review alongside everything else.
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.
Interesting read. I have a new project coming up that will be a cross functional team and I may try to incorporate this play.
Interesting, nice !
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
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.
This look very similar to our sprint retro!
It would be interesting to run a mini-version of this play once a month and see how the processes evolve.
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.
This is good one, gave us few reasons to use Trello ;)
ha ha true.