Workshop Exercises: Discuss

Team Radar

Visualize team agreement and discord

Illustration of Team Radar
Run a Team Radar play

Also called: Agile Radar

Alternative plays: Hopes and Fears, Sailboat

Follow-up plays: Hopes and Fears, Start / Stop / Continue

Timing: Monitoring and Control

Prep time
30 minutes

Run time
1-2 hours

Group size

Why: Pinpoint areas of consensus and divergence in team opinions to promote open communication and understanding

When: Gauge team alignment during team-building activities or post-project reviews

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Instructions for running this play

  1. Plan the graphic and topics beforehand on a flip chart
  2. Introduce the exercise and explain its purpose of gaining alignment, understanding, or clarity. Explain why each of the listed topics were chosen and ensure a shared understanding of each.
  3. Ask the team to assign and agree on a rating (1-7) for each topic. Timebox discussing each axis to 10 minutes. Ratings could be confidence level in the topic, future outlook, etc. Discussion starts with the first axis and working your way through all, topic by topic, rating by rating.
  4. Discuss. Connect any dots or determine which topics have scored negatively and why.
  5. Gauge general sentiment from the team by asking them to do Roman Voting on each topic on whether it is improving or if they expect it to get worse.
  6. Plan Next steps. Assign action items for 2-3 of the topics. Start with topics that scored the worst (or lowest) and note what steps can and should be taken next.

Topics can vary

Agile values are popular:

  • Commitment
  • Focus
  • Openness
  • Respect
  • Courage
  • Simplicity
  • Communication
  • and Feedback

So is:

  • Customer Centricity
  • Motivation
  • Goal Clarity
  • Pace
  • Trust
  • Process

Tips to perfect this play

Master and adapt the play to fit your context and needs.

Tip: Follow up

Consider introducing the Team Radar as a recurring exercise every quarter.

Tip: Choose topics on the go

More advanced teams can decide on the topics during the meeting

Tip: Contrast cultures

If two cultures collide, consider painting the Team Radar as represented by each cultural mindset to highlight differences and gaps.

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