If someone asked me a year ago, “Could you go device free for a couple of days?” I would have said, “No way.” But that is exactly what I did last year for two weeks during the winter holidays.
My husband’s family lives abroad, and we decided it would be great to have a family reunion so the kids could meet their grandmother — it has been awhile since we last saw them all. While I was packing my kids’ things, a thought popped in my head: What if we were to leave their iPads behind?
There is a saying in Agile: if you do one thing, do retrospectives. I believe that not only do you have to run successful retrospectives, you must also follow through on actions. Otherwise, retrospectives just become another meeting, and they stop providing value.
Some actions are straightforward and can be easily taken care of by the team. Others are complex and need engaged leadership. These actions take time and effort, and the key is not to shy away from them just because they are difficult.
Here is what we do in our Sophos AI team:
What do you do when you’re in a meeting and the Chief Product Officer asks, “Are we on target to achieve our strategic initiatives?” Do you flip through your mental notes? Do you quickly message your team over Slack or email? Do you request some time to get back with an update?