5, 6, 7, 8, who do we appreciate?

5, 6, 7, 8, who do we appreciate?

Dec 13, 10 • In Practices

In a dispersed team it is more important than ever to make a habit of showing appreciation for a job well done.

A quick article today since I don’t have a lot of time.

If you’re a regular reader you know I’m a big advocate of practicing regular retrospectives in distributed teams. In one of the the teams I work with right now, he first item on the retrospective template we use is “appreciations”. We take time at the beginning of the meeting to recognize the efforts of members of the team who have gone above & beyond. Anyone can pipe up, and the recognitions can be for anything from fixing a nasty bug over the weekend to being extra helpful on Campfire.

When you don’t see each other every day, it’s easy to forget to give your team members recognition. And even if you say a personal “thanks” to someone, the other members of the team might not be aware of their contribution. If you are in a dispersed team, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of taking time regularly to appreciate each other.

What have your coworkers done this past week to make your life easier?

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