The Secret Power of Facilitation šŸŽ„

How do you create awesome teams? Well, it depends…

As a Scrum Master you have the power, however. I believe that facilitation can be the driving force for building the environment of trust and transparency.

A couple of weeks ago I got a chance to chat about this topic with Ryan Ripley, a fellow Professional Scrum Trainer.

While I do not have a guidebook for every single situation, I usually turn to the same set of tools to help team I work with improve team health and team dynamics.

Watch the recording of our discussion with Ryan on his YouTube channel.

Retrospective is your performance review

I said it before, and I’ll say it again: I often treat the Sprint Retrospective as my personal mini performance review as a Scrum Master.

It helps me see real improvements (or lack thereof) and quickly gauge the team’s health.

When you create positive environment during meetings, especially the ones that require real openness and courage, like the retrospective, you are able to propagate that environment outside of those meetings as well.

Start with the retrospective by facilitating productive and engaging discussions and continue your work during the Sprint.

Facilitation tools

There are lots of tools that exist that can help you facilitate discussions, whether during the retrospective or in other meetings.

I encourage you to do some looking around – find a tool that works best for you.

You can also check what kind of tools are available in ScrumMastered Shop. I’ve been creating facilitation guides for retrospectives and other discussions that you can use with your team.

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Hi, my name is Daria Bagina. Iā€™m a Professional Scrum Trainer with and a experience Agile leader. I help teams and organizations to get the most out of the Scrum and Agile implementation by sharing my personal stories and practical advice.

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