Weekly agile retrospectives (getting started)

Sprint retrospectives (also known as retros) are meetings held at the end of a particular project or sprint, with the goal of helping teams look back, reflect, and discover ways to change future behavior and outcomes. In your everyday life, you may spend some time reviewing your day before you ...

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Sprint Retrospective Templates

If you hold regular sprint retrospective meetings, you know that sometimes they can be a little awkward and inefficient.Inevitably, there's some people on your team that will talk a bit more than others, while other people on your team will not utter a word (despite your repeated attempts to create ...

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What is asynchronous communication?

I’ve been working remotely for nearly six years and have been building Friday Feedback for the past three. A large portion of my career has been spent working outside of a traditional office setting; I frequently think about how fortunate I am to be able to do this (what a ...

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Digital vs. Paper Journaling

The act of journaling has existed for thousands of years and has been an effective way to reflect on the past, comprehend the present, and plan for the future. As more and more of our daily activity happens online, there's been renewed interest in analog journaling methods like the Bullet ...

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The Best Digital Journal Apps

For years I've tried to keep a journal for my life and work. I've purchased several paper journals, ranging from the Five Minute Journal, the Self Journal, and others. Despite these attempts, I never established a habit of regular journaling. Some days I'd forget to bring it with me, other ...

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One-on-Ones (A manager's guide)

One-on-ones are a fantastic way for managers, directors, and executives to build stronger teams. This simple process can help you build rapport, help uncover issues before they become a big deal, and build productive working relationships with your direct reports.This is the most comprehensive guide to one on ones on ...

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Why you need communication redundancy at work.

Have you ever had an in-person conversation, where you have an engaging conversation with someone, only to leave the meeting and find within a few hours that you both aren't on the same page?It's annoying - right?I'm extroverted and a lot of my communication is off-the-cuff, which means that the ...

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How to make remote work more common

Disclaimer: I’ve been working remotely for almost five years, I’m biased, and I think remote work is the future of work. Here’s one reason why. I’m also building tools to make remote work better.For some, the idea of working remotely is equivalent to laying around, watching Netflix (while working of ...

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How to stay connected as a distributed team

I’ve been working remotely for nearly six years – when I first started, communication primarily happened using email, Hipchat, and project management software like Basecamp. We were lucky if we could have a video call without the software crashing.Fast forward a few years, and things are quite a bit different. ...

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Check-Ins: weekly questions to ask your team

If you’ve got 99 problems, make sure an unhappy team isn’t one.All great managers and leaders will tell you that communication is key to building a team that works well together – it’s a key piece of the continuous improvement process.One of the easiest things you can do to create ...

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