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Scrum Masters Now Have One Place To Find Loads Of New Retrospective Formats

Scrum Masters Now Have One Place To Find Loads Of New Retrospective Formats 480 276 Irene Frances

Over 40 unique and powerful retrospective formats beautifully curated for you.

Search, browse, preview, pick and then implement a new retrospective format, in seconds. Welcome to Mindful Team’s just-launched Retrospective Format Marketplace.

Over the last few months, Mindful Team has been collecting, detailing and categorising over 40 of the most popular retrospective formats from (and for) the scrum master and team leader community.

Whether you’re a scrum master, team leader, agile coach or small business owner, our marketplace is the place to discover a new format, or add your own.

Visit the Retrospective Format Marketplace.

Why did we launch the Format Marketplace? When we began working on it, the launch of our Format Marketplace had three aims:

  1. Share our knowledge

Effective retrospectives need great formats. Through our work on Mindful Team, The Retrospective Game, and helping a number of clients directly, the team at Mindful (that’s me, and Emma [LinkedIn link]) have created lots of different formats to work for different company or product stages. We wanted a way to standardise and share these formats with the scrum master community.

  1. Create a community

We wanted to create a space for the whole community to discover new formats that can help improve their retrospectives, but we also wanted this to be a space which the community can contribute to. Whether that’s reviewing, rating, discussing, sharing or submitting a retrospective, we wanted to give you the tools to do it.

  1. Help people learn about Mindful Team

And of course, we wanted people to hear about Mindful Team’s mission to make 1,000,000 teams happier. The directory allows you to start a team retrospective with any of the formats in less than 60 seconds.

What you’ll find in the marketplace

  • A collection of over 40 formats
  • The format name, outline, and creator
  • Preview the format visually
  • Save the format
  • Rate or review the format
  • Start a retrospective with the format in just 60 seconds
  • Submit your own formats

This is just the beginning. Our goal is the make this the ultimate destination for Scrum Masters and other team meeting facilitators, that leads to better meetings, better team feedback and insights, and ultimately, happier teams.

6 Signs Your Team Meetings Aren’t Working

6 Signs Your Team Meetings Aren’t Working 650 434 Irene Frances

Meetings suck.

It’s a universal truth.

You know it. I know it. Your Tesco delivery driver knows it.

They suck so much that this certified genius and passive aggressive rockstar has used his precious time to create a calculator to demonstrate how much money you and your team are wasting with unnecessary discussions.

In fact, UK office workers spend more than 10 hours each week on meetings.

Here’s 5 signs your team meetings aren’t working. And how to fix them.

The vanity meeting

This is the most common form of useless meeting and the signs are all around you. Often hosted by the team member who loves to look busy and likes everyone know how stressed they are. Long, freeform and with no firm outcomes, the vanity meeting is the one that covers decisions that could’ve been made in a one-sentence email.

How to deal with it: don’t attend. Ever. Suggest a drive-by instead – a quick huddle at someone’s desk.

The ‘didn’t we discuss this before’ meeting

No, this wasn’t in your dream last night, but this meeting really is the stuff of nightmares. The endless actions discussed but never realised. Is it a good idea that’s being missed or something we never should have agreed to? Who knows. But it needs to stop.

How to deal with it: define and record actions, review actions at the end of the meeting, delegate them to an owner, agree a follow up. Seriously, it’s not that hard.

The ‘are they on Tinder?!!?’ meeting

You’ve got the attention span of a Dory, but even you aren’t swiping on hunnies during the morning standup. The person with better weekend plans than you is holding back this critical meeting by being present physically only. They agree new processes but don’t remember them later, and their potentially-useful insights are missing from the conversation.

How to deal with it: get a facilitator to call them out, or get them a date with your best single buddy.

The ‘why am I here’ meeting

The team’s plans for the Christmas social sound amazing but the last time you socialised outside of work hours was 1996 and that’s because your mum drove you to the school disco. This is the meeting that should happen, but probably not with you attending.

How to deal with it: Walk out. Gracefully and respectfully.

The ‘ain’t nobody got time for that’ meeting

As seen in extended creative meetings. The topic’s important, the right people are present and you’ve got your agenda ready. Only one thing is missing… the energy. Whether it’s too many fully-stacked fries at lunch, or midweek blues these meetings start with great intentions but ultimately die a defeated ‘will that do’ death.

How to deal with it: This one’s for the meeting facilitator: change up the format, bring sweets, or reorganise for another time.

The ‘I’m not prepared for this’ meeting

It’s like being at school again. Del’s got his monthly marketing report and Irene has three great quantitative insights to underpin her new product experiment. But you’re out here all alone. No one told you the planning was necessary and now you need to wing it. Leaving your worst work in the meeting and your chance for meaningful change in dust. Maybe next time?

How to deal with it: Be upfront. You don’t have the information to hand, but will follow up with thoughts later over email / Slack or smoke signal. Qualify future meetings with ‘what do I need to prep’. Or just read the agenda next time.