This activity allows the participants to bring up whatever was making them uncomfortable on the safety check. Running…
It’s only recently, though, that I had an opportunity to use these tools.
Let me share how it went and some advices on how to use them.
How it to use these activities
The main idea is to use the Safety check as the Retrospective opening activity. Depending on the result of the check, your either follow with the Retrospective as planned, or you change the plan on the fly to perform the Creating safety activity.
If you perform the Creating safety activity, perform another Safety check afterwards to make sure it has helped improve the situation.
Finally, depending on the remaining time and on the participants energy, stop there or put back the Retrospective on its original track.
One important thing must be pointed out: Safety checks must be performed anonymously!
Anonymous voting may sound silly, but that’s actually essential to get the feedback we are looking for.
Indeed, people feeling unable to speak openly won’t say it out loud unless they are given the protection of anonymity.
How it went
I won’t rehash the details of the activities in this post. I recommend you have a look at the original Safety check and Creating safety activities by yourself instead.
However, I’d like to share what the activities look like through the artefacts created during this Retrospective. Then in the next section I’ll share thoughts and feedbacks on how to run the activities smoothly.
Artefacts created during this Retrospective