Team Alignment Workshop

Improving team meetings in just 3 hours

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It was my pleasure to spend the morning with this fun and engaged group of engineers at WGI. One of my favorite things about running workshops is that teams face similar problems, and the solutions are applicable across industries. This team was a perfect example of that.

The Challenge

In light of recent leadership and organizational changes, the team wanted to discuss how to improve team communication and collaboration.

They struggled with communicating project requirements and weren’t aligned on processes. This led to missed deadlines, re-work, and frustration among team members.

Despite their struggles, the team had a great culture and tons of potential. They just needed to step back from the daily grind and learn some best practices for communication and collaboration.

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My Role

As the facilitator and collaboration consultant, I met with team leadership several times before the workshop to understand background information and agree on workshop goals.

From there I crafted the agenda, ensuring the team would gain actionable next steps within the time they had.

The Workshop

Workshop goals

  1. Establish new team leadership
  2. Learn best practices for collaboration, through hands-on experience

In just three hours, we were able to:

☑️ Reflect on what was moving the team forward while identifying potential areas of concern

☑️ Learn more about best practices for collaboration in a hands-on & interactive manner

☑️ Identify team principles to ensure the team continues to work together in efficient & effective ways

☑️ Enjoy a team lunch 🙂

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My favorite part of the day was a “pizza-making” activity that I adapted from this agile game. (“Pizzas” were made using paper, but don’t worry — we fed the team real pizza at the end! 🍕) Unlike traditional team building activities which may or may not translate to working together, this was educational while introducing some friendly competition. In two different rounds, team members got to experience what happens when a project is set up for success, and when it’s not.

Plus, I learned that if you ask a group of engineers to create “pizza” out of pieces of paper, they will find the most efficient way to do so (read: all the pizzas and toppings were rectangular).

Workshop participants learning best practices for decision making

Outcomes

Within a week after the workshop, the team noticed positive changes. Participants reported that their team calls were more effective, and that team members were taking more ownership of tasks and communicating more about their available time. I’m honored to be part of this team’s journey, and can’t wait to see what they accomplish.

Special thanks to the WGI marketing team for capturing these photos of the day!

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