Distributed Team Retrospective: Communication, Collaboration, Empathy and Explosions

Teams often experience a breakdown in communication. Sometimes it will be around requirements, or expectations, or priorities. Other elements that contribute to difficulties in collaboration and delivery of value include component silos, and specialization. All of the above can be particularly pronounced with virtual teams.

Empathy: Finding It

I recently had a delightful opportunity come my way: design a retrospective focused on empathy to help the “Left Brains”  and the “Right Brains” on a team figure out why they were having so much trouble communicating effectively. The problem had emerged as feelings of frustration by both “sides” over …