Asking for a Better Future
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Asking for a Better Future

Support your team during retrospectives with solution-focused questions

About the Book

In IT and other technical fields, analyzing reigns supreme: If you understand a problem in all its intricacies, then you can fix it. But what if the same does not apply to "people problems"? *mind blown*

Following this assumption, we can adapt our go-to questions for retrospectives and other conversations to reach a productive outcome faster and become hopeful. This uplifting energy buoys the team to tackle next steps more successfully.

This book is a translation into English of Durch Fragen zur besseren Zukunft which was originally written in German.

About the Author

Corinna Baldauf
Corinna Baldauf

Corinna Baldauf is an Agile and Lean practioner since 2010 (mostly Scrum and Kanban). Her perspective is that of a long-term employee at a truly agile organization (sipgate in Germany). She is a facilitator, writer and solution-focussed coach.

She is happiest when she is sharing valuable content – on, and in her books.

Got a question or suggestion? Email or tweet to @CorinnaBaldauf. 

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Table of Contents

  • Hi there!
  • “The solution doesn’t care how the problem came to be”
    • Honoring the problem without “asking into it”
    • Solution focus – Who dat?
    • Answer space – Questions influence their answers
    • What does that mean for retrospectives?
  • The Questions
    • “What for?” instead of “Why?”
    • Soften fixed statements with “until now” or “right now”
  • Set the Stage
    • “Positive and True”
  • Gather Data and Generate Insight
    • “When you’ve reached your goal, what does that look like?” or “What would you like to have happen?”
    • “And what instead?”
    • “What difference will it make?”
    • “And what else?”
    • Silence
    • Fit for a movie script
    • “In the here and now: When is the world already like in the better future (at least a little bit)?”
    • “What should stay the way it is now?”
  • Decide What to Do
    • “And what needs to happen for this to happen?”
  • Closing the Retrospective
    • “How confident are you …?”
  • Just as important: Listening!
  • Would you like to know more?
  • Appendix aka even more SF
    • Attitudes and Principles
  • Notes

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