Hopes, Fears, & Questions
Strengths & Weaknesses
Closing Thoughts & Looking Forward
Introduce each other and share the agenda. (e.g. “My name is Thomas. I joined the team in January as a contractor from a company called 8th Light. I work remotely from NYC!”)
What are your hopes for (joining) the FED team? What are your fears? What are your burning questions?
What are your strengths (as a contributor/leader/manager). What are your weaknesses? What do you enjoy about software/the work we do? What do you dislike?
Draw how you’re feeling about your workplace environment and how it enables or prevents you from doing your best work. (You can share this drawing to help answer the next few questions).
“Improve” “Shoutout” (e.g. “Working-from-home feels fraught with tension and the general agreement around it seems ill-defined. Can we define some rules around it?”
“Keep” (e.g. “Forming a snack train to head upstairs is a nice way to have informal chats!”)
What expectations of the team or others do individuals hold? (e.g. “I expect the team to set aside time for timely PR reviews.”)
How do we want to work together day to day? (e.g. “We work on Central Time from 9am to 5pm”)
What personal boundaries do you want the rest of the team to know about and respect? (e.g. “I turn off Slack notifications on the weekend”)
How can we incorporate these shared customs into our day-to-day work? How do we better embody our culture and better have our defined culture reflect our team?
An agreed upon guideline, process or protocol designed to guide the flow of value
An intentional limitation of our freedom of personal choice in favor of consented-upon team decisions
Absence of objections that fall outside of any individual’s range of tolerance
Flow of Value
Deliverables traveling through an organization towards customers or other stakeholders
Implicit norms that the team assumes through observation or tribal knowledge
A basic idea or rule that guides behavior, or explains or controls how something happens or works.
Range of Tolerance
Everything that is not our personal preference but also not something we would object to
A group of people collaborating toward a shared driver (or objective).