Celebrations & Requests

For drawing out & processing tensions in the relational space (i.e. conflicts from how people relate to each other as people, not as roles)

This activity is meant to supplement periodic reflection on organizational tensions which takes place in the sprint retrospective. It is the facilitator's job to help people focus on the relational space and name tensions relating to interpersonal behavior, which may not fit well in a sprint retrospective. The purpose is to draw out issues which might otherwise fester and lead to resentment.

In Pax Fauna, we do this monthly, in the first relational space of each month.

  1. Begin with meditation and check ins as usual.

  2. Everyone is asked to reflect alone and come up with things to say in each of the sharing rounds. They'll have more time between rounds to add things.

  3. Sharing rounds

    1. Each person shares at least one celebration or gratitude about the behavior of each other person.

    2. Each person shares at least one celebration or gratitude about the behavior of the group as a whole.

    3. Each person has the opportunity to share one request or dissatisfaction with the behavior of each other person.

    4. Each person has the opportunity to share any number of requests or dissatisfactions with the behavior of the group as a whole.

  4. The facilitator asks which of these need to be discussed further. Anyone can request further discussion on any of the celebrations or requests raised. The facilitator determines priority and guides discussion. The goal can be empathy and understanding, or developing a new strategy or agreement.

  5. Final celebration: give people more time to reflect if needed, then repeat the first two rounds of step 2 with new observations.

  6. Check out

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