About the Book
On this book, we provide you a tool set of activities to transform a group of people into an effective team. Keeping the participants amused and providing a setting where they can reflect, discuss and have fun is fundamental to continuously improve. The catalog presented here is composed by a set of activities, each one appropriate for different contexts and teams. There are Energizers, activities to start off any meeting and getting people to know more about each other. You will also find activities for defining ground rules and getting a team started, which we call Team Building Activities. On other contexts, maybe when running a Retrospective or a Futurespective, you will want to measure the participants' engagement and understand more about their feelings, for which case Check-in activities are suitable.
To the extent you want to be a part of engaging people deeply and fully with fun and effective activities, you will yourself be invited into a journey of reflection and self-discovery. With this in mind, in this book we go deep into some of the activities and ideas for applying high engagement to typical retrospectives and similar meeting settings.
About the Authors
Taina TC Caetano works as a Consultant Developer in Thoughtworks since 2011, where he participated in teams distributed between Brazil, United States and India. Now a consultant in San Francisco, TC has been facilitating retrospectives for multiple teams across the globe, helping with their efforts to adopt continuous improvement practices. In 2014, he became a coach in the ThoughtWorks University program, working closely with over 100 graduate developers and providing training in various agile development practices.
Principal consultant at Thoughtworks Brazil and co-founder of AgileBrazil, Paulo Caroli has over twenty years of experience in software development, passing in various corporations in Brazil, India, USA and Latin America. In 2000, he met the Extreme Programming and since then has focused its expertise in processes and practices of Agile & Lean. He joined ThoughtWorks in 2006 and held the positions of Agile Coach, Trainer and Project Manager. He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering, both from PUC–Rio.
Paulo Caroli is a man who is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital products. He is a software engineer, an author, an editor, a speaker and a successful facilitator.
Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Luiz Rodrigues is an Agile Coach at Knowledge21 (K21) and a software developer. He works since 2008 developing software and helping others to do it. He fully supports The Manifesto for Agile Software Development and chooses his paths based on its principles. You can find his sketches on his twitter, @luizphx.