Retro your Quarantine

Yo, Scrum Masters! If you're reading this soon after publication, then you've been Working From Home for a few weeks - in Boston, it's about 3 weeks, starting our fourth. If you're reading this much after publication, then this message is even more important.


Have you done a personal retrospective on your Living with Social Distancing? Yes, you read that correctly: not with a group, but just with yourself.


Do it.


Make your own experience.


You'll give yourself quiet space to take in what's happened, sitting with yourself in the swirl of emotion and memories and change. Who knows what will come out of that introspection session?

  • You might cry - this will release any emotion that's been pent up, which is healthy for you, and enables you to better empathize with your teammates going through this change in daily life.

  • You might finally accept - the Five Stages of Grief goes Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, and moving along this path yourself better enables you to coach your teammates to adapt to this change in daily life.

  • You may discover Kaizen - if there's a lesson out of these few weeks that can potentially improve the new few, then you're taking the initiative instead of just reacting to this change in daily life.

  • You model Agility - part of our job is modeling behaviour we would like to see in the teams we serve, so particularly if it's one about your vulnerability, you can inspire your team as you share your retrospective experience from this change in daily life.


I've done it.