At Integrum we regularly find new things to try as a result of our regular team retrospectives. Recently, the team had a lot of discussion about what it takes to make teams great. There was a lot of discussion about the necessity to be vulnerable with each other in order build deeper levels of trust.
The team decided to add something to our daily stand up. We added the question “I feel exposed because…”.
The results were interesting. We found that often times the things that left people feeling exposed were early warning signs to problems in getting the work done. Seeing these before they became road blocks actually had the effect of increasing productivity.
Additionally, it allowed many team members to express fear in a safe way. Allowing others on the team to help them move through it. Ultimately, we did not stick with the hack because our team changed significantly and the new team was much closer and didn’t feel the need to explicitly state how they felt exposed.
How are you hacking your SCRUM ceremonies?