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.
Meet Paulo Caroli , the Lean MVP and retrospective guy that's taken a unique approach to people and interactions over process and tools (first sentence from the Agile Manifesto). He thinks product creation and evolution should be based on real learnings (goodbye long projects planned on hypothetical requirements). It should be based on the minimum viable products (the fastest enabler for validated learning based on real usage).
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. Author of “To the point; a recipe for creating lean products”and “Fun Retrospectives; activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging”. Read more at www.caroli.org
Glauber Ramos works as a consultant in Thoughtworks since 2011 and worked as a designer/developer in many differente projects in different areas of expertise like health, transportation, banking and e-commerce. Glauber likes to help teams create great user interfaces that are user-friendly, intuitive and easy to use. He is also founder of a distributed retrospective board that is helping many teams in different countries to improve their projects.