Let’s face it: agile methodologies weren’t exactly created for remote teams. Early agile teams were overwhelmingly co-located in offices, mostly because video conferencing, chat, and other technology that makes remote work possible were laughably primitive and clunky at that time.
These days, with so many people working remotely, gathering your team in the same room isn’t realistic. That doesn’t mean remote retrospectives are impossible, however. They’re just a little bit different.
Meaningful inclusive retrospectives are possible with distributed teams.
Goals of this class
You will learn
Candy Love (remote version)
For those unfamiliar with the activity, Candy Love is a team-building activity or icebreaker where you have a jar of coloured lollies — like M&Ms.
You pass the jar around and each team member has to remove a lolly from the jar. Depending on the colour they retrieve there will be a different question associated with that colour that they have to answer.
Obviously, when you are remote you won't be able to pass a jar of lollies around — and post COVID-19 I’m not too sure how thrilled many people would be on the idea.
Which is why for remote teams I’ve generally used websites like WheelDecide to choose which question each person gets.
For the best effect, I generally have a mix of both work and non-work questions.