CELEBRATION GRID — The art of experimenting makes the team understand and evolved.

Learn, Learn and learn. Our life is based on this word from the first day of life to the last breath. Why not use and encourage this mentality in our work environments, which need more and more innovation? An experiment is the solution! We should celebrate and encourage the experiments that worked and those that did not work out, but we learned from them! The Management Grid Celebration Grid helps you get there!

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Lately, one of the topics most touched on in agile methodologies and their respective teams is how to motivate them to try new things, that can generate as much success (extremely pleasant part), as unsuccessful (which did not work, but you learned!), responsibility and guilt when something does not go as planned. After all, this is an experiment.

Many teams stop trying something new because of the fear of being blamed for failure. After all, “thinking outside the box” implies experimentation! I learn from what went right and why not, with what failed too!

Thinking about this scenario, we tried in some of our retrospectives the celebration Grid, of management 3.0, to develop in us the spirit of continuous improvement, which implies in the mindset: if today we already do something very well, we can experience something that can be even better! We went from “not why …” to “Why not?” And most important of all, CELEBRATE the learning achievements our experiments have generated.

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In hindsight, using the Celebration Grid, we evaluated the results of our actions during Sprint, evaluating our Errors, Experiments and Practices.

In practices, we put everything we already do and that we learned that worked (most of the time), as we already know, we do not celebrate goals we have scored, have we? But anyway it is important to remember what we do good and it works. Within the practices, there are activities that we already know, but that did not work for that Sprint. We must also make it clear that we can correct them.

In the experiments, we put all the agreements we made and opportunities for improvements in our Sprint. For example, we did the experiment to run Sprint without a master scrum, with the team playing the role of facilitating the ceremonies, removing the impediments, and aligning each other, since their maturity as a team is very large, who does not? At the end of Sprint we celebrated the success of this decision that increased the team’s interaction with other areas of the client, which they did not have access to. Everyone felt hyper-motivated! It was a goal that everyone celebrated a lot!

An important point is that, despite the success obtained with this experiment, it has generated some flaws, for example, I looked for so-and-so who did not answer me with some information that I needed and I had this impediment for x days. We understand that things like that can happen when we try.

However, in the same retrospective, we have already combined to try out a solution for the next Sprint: In case of an impediment, he could not withdraw, escalate the manager.

The reflection and celebration of the experiments of the team is fundamental for it to go beyond! When a child tries to move from crawling to walking, it does so by experimentation. When it falls, even unconsciously, it learns and experiences something different until it achieves its instinctive goal. Once you have acquired this ability, you are motivated to run and experience even more innovative things! Every step forward must be celebrated! Thus, we develop more and more autonomous and qualified people to make excellent decisions (including, better than ours, believe!), And most important, always learn

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