Category Archives: People

Coffee Buddies – Building your internal network.

Recently a couple of us started a culture hack called Coffee Buddies in our department and it’s been amazing to see how it’s progressed and the connections that have been made from it. What is Coffee Buddies? It’s a low … Continue reading

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Peer Introduction Game

Today was the end of our sprint and rather than running our usual retrospective we decided to mix things up a bit and play a game. We’ve had a number of new starters in our team recently so I thought … Continue reading

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When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go.

“When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go” – Emma Thompson as Nanny McPhee I really love this quote from a … Continue reading

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Preparing for our next Inspect and Adapt using the Sails and Anchors Retrospective Format

In a few weeks time I’m facilitating a program level retrospective (Inspect and Adapt) with around 60-80 people invited to attend. I’m planning to use the Sails and Anchors format by splitting the room into small focus groups (max 10 … Continue reading

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One Last Word

In my last post I wrote about a check-in activity that I’ve been running with my teams recently called One Word. Over the past few weeks this activity has continued to work really well at the start of our retrospectives. … Continue reading

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One Word – A great way to check-in and see how people are feeling

Do you have members of your team that are often quiet or say very little in meetings, workshops or retrospectives, even though you know they could provide good input to the conversation? I’ve experienced this recently with a team I’ve … Continue reading

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Australian Rules Football Themed Retrospective 

Its currently the business end of the AFL season (Australian Rules Football) with the Preliminary Finals set to take place this weekend. The winners of those games will face off in the Australian version of the SuperBowl – the AFL … Continue reading

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Pitfall Themed Retrospective

Do you remember the classic 80’s video game Pitfall? Pitfall was released by Activision in 1982 and is one of the all time highest selling game for the Atari 2600, amassing over 4 millions copies sold. The Atari 2600 was … Continue reading

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Ice Hockey Themed Retrospective

Yesterday we had our team retrospective and we were lucky enough to have our Head of Technology join us which was fantastic. Claudia is a Canadian and as most of the people from that part of the world she is … Continue reading

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Cricket Themed Retrospective Revisited

I was thinking of a different themed retrospective for one of the teams I’ve been working with recently. We’ve been together for roughly three months and majority of the retrospectives we’ve had have been following the what’s working, what’s not … Continue reading

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