Turning People into Teams Toolkit

David Sherwin (Author) | Mary Sherwin (Author)

Publication date: 10/09/2018

Turning People into Teams Toolkit

Put the principles from Turning People into Teams: Rituals and Routines that Redesign How We Work into practice with the Turning People into Teams Toolkit by coauthors David and Mary Sherwin.  These tools are in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint file formats. Some tools can be printed and shared; others can be adapted to your specific needs and application requirements. The new toolkit includes 27 rituals discussed in the book with 120 corresponding 1-2 page documents.

Format: downloaded zip file (8.1 MB)

Section 1: BETTER BEGINNNNGS (11 rituals and 55 documents)

Start the Team by Talking About the Team
● Ritual: What Do We Bring to the Team?
● Ritual: What Do We Value as a Team?
● Ritual: What Habits Do We Want as a Team?

What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?
● Ritual: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?
● Ritual: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Learn?

What Does Success Look Like?
● Ritual: What Does Success Look Like?
● Ritual: What If We Don’t Succeed as a Team?
● Ritual: What Is Our Team Expected to Do?
● Ritual: What Should We Celebrate as a Team?

Plan the Kickoff With Your Team
● Ritual: Who Gets Invited?
● Ritual: What Activities Should Be in the Kickoff?

Section 2: WE'RE STUCK, NOW WHAT? (11 rituals and 40 documents)

Create the Right Kind of Conflict
● Ritual: Can I Give You Some Feedback?
● Ritual: What Should We Do With This Feedback?
● Ritual: How Can We Improve Our Project Work?

This Decision Should Be Easier
● Ritual: What Decision Are We Trying to Make?
● Ritual: What Criteria Apply to Our Decision?
● Ritual: What Options Are We Deciding Between?
● Ritual: What Are the Tradeoffs?
● Ritual: Which Option Are We Most Confident About?

Putting Our Ideas to the Test
● Ritual: What Do We Think Will Fix This Problem?
● Ritual: What’s Our Hypothesis for This Change?
● Ritual: What’s the Impact of This Change?

Section 3: SPRINTING TO THE FINISH (5 rituals and 25 documents)

Reflecting as a Team
● Ritual: What Should We Change?
● Ritual: What Were the Ups and Downs?
● Ritual: What Can We Not Change?

Talking About Accomplishment
● Ritual: Who Was Affected By Our Work?
● Ritual: What Effect Should Our Communication Have?

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Put the principles from Turning People into Teams: Rituals and Routines that Redesign How We Work into practice with the Turning People into Teams Toolkit by coauthors David and Mary Sherwin.  These tools are in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint file formats. Some tools can be printed and shared; others can be adapted to your specific needs and application requirements. The new toolkit includes 27 rituals discussed in the book with 120 corresponding 1-2 page documents.

Format: downloaded zip file (8.1 MB)

Section 1: BETTER BEGINNNNGS (11 rituals and 55 documents)

Start the Team by Talking About the Team
● Ritual: What Do We Bring to the Team?
● Ritual: What Do We Value as a Team?
● Ritual: What Habits Do We Want as a Team?

What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?
● Ritual: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?
● Ritual: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Learn?

What Does Success Look Like?
● Ritual: What Does Success Look Like?
● Ritual: What If We Don’t Succeed as a Team?
● Ritual: What Is Our Team Expected to Do?
● Ritual: What Should We Celebrate as a Team?

Plan the Kickoff With Your Team
● Ritual: Who Gets Invited?
● Ritual: What Activities Should Be in the Kickoff?

Section 2: WE'RE STUCK, NOW WHAT? (11 rituals and 40 documents)

Create the Right Kind of Conflict
● Ritual: Can I Give You Some Feedback?
● Ritual: What Should We Do With This Feedback?
● Ritual: How Can We Improve Our Project Work?

This Decision Should Be Easier
● Ritual: What Decision Are We Trying to Make?
● Ritual: What Criteria Apply to Our Decision?
● Ritual: What Options Are We Deciding Between?
● Ritual: What Are the Tradeoffs?
● Ritual: Which Option Are We Most Confident About?

Putting Our Ideas to the Test
● Ritual: What Do We Think Will Fix This Problem?
● Ritual: What’s Our Hypothesis for This Change?
● Ritual: What’s the Impact of This Change?

Section 3: SPRINTING TO THE FINISH (5 rituals and 25 documents)

Reflecting as a Team
● Ritual: What Should We Change?
● Ritual: What Were the Ups and Downs?
● Ritual: What Can We Not Change?

Talking About Accomplishment
● Ritual: Who Was Affected By Our Work?
● Ritual: What Effect Should Our Communication Have?

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - David Sherwin
David and Mary Sherwin are cofounders of Ask the Sherwins, LLC, a consulting and training firm that helps organizations around the world develop the capabilities they need for stronger teamwork. They have coached product and service design teams and developed innovation training for organizations such as Philips Oral Healthcare, Google UX Community and Culture, and Eventbrite. The Sherwins have collaborated on three books, including the bestseller Creative Workshop.

Visit Author Page - Mary Sherwin
David and Mary Sherwin are cofounders of Ask the Sherwins, LLC, a consulting and training firm that helps organizations around the world develop the capabilities they need for stronger teamwork. They have coached product and service design teams and developed innovation training for organizations such as Philips Oral Healthcare, Google UX Community and Culture, and Eventbrite. The Sherwins have collaborated on three books, including the bestseller Creative Workshop.

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Better Beginnings

Chapter 1: Start the Team by Talking about the Team
Ritual 01: What Do We Bring to the Team? (5 documents)
Ritual 02: What Do We Value as a Team? (5 documents)
Ritual 03: What Habits Do We Want as a Team? (5 documents)

Chapter 2: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?
Ritual 04: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve? (5 documents)
Ritual 05: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Learn? (5 documents)

Chapter 3: What Does Success Look Like?
Ritual 06: What Does Success Look Like? (5 documents)
Ritual 07: What If We Don’t Succeed as a Team? (5 documents)
Ritual 08: What Is Our Team Expected to Do? (5 documents)
Ritual 09: What Should We Celebrate as a Team? (5 documents)

Chapter 4: Plan the Kickoff with Your Team
Ritual 10: Who Gets Invited? (5 documents)
Ritual 11: What Activities Should Be in the Kickoff? (5 documents)

Part 2. We’re Stuck, Now What?

Chapter 5: Create the Right Kind of Conflict
Ritual 12: Can I Give You Some Feedback? (2 documents)
Ritual 13: What Should We Do with This Feedback? (5 documents)
Ritual 14: How Can We Improve Our Project Work? (2 documents)

Chapter 6: This Decision Should Be Easier
Ritual 15: What Decision Are We Trying to Make? (2 documents)
Ritual 16: What Criteria Apply to Our Decision? (5 documents)
Ritual 17: What Are Our Options? (2 documents)
Ritual 18: What Are the Trade-Offs? (5 documents)
Ritual 19: Which Option Are We Most Confident About? (2 documents)

Chapter 7: Putting Our Ideas to the Test
Ritual 20: What Do We Think Will Fix This Problem? (5 documents)
Ritual 21: What’s Our Hypothesis for This Change? (5 documents)
Ritual 22: What’s the Impact of This Change? (5 documents)

Part 3. Sprinting to the Finish

Chapter 8: Reflecting as a Team
Ritual 23: What Should We Change? (5 documents)
Ritual 24: What Were the Ups and Downs? (5 documents)
Ritual 25: What Can We Not Change? (5 documents)

Chapter 9: Talking about Accomplishment
Ritual 26: Who Was Affected by Our Work? (5 documents)
Ritual 27: What Effect Should Our Communication Have? (5 documents)

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Excerpt

RITUAL #1 What Do We Bring to the Team?

This ritual is designed to help the team foster a shared picture of their skills, interests, and hobbies. It will also help them identify the areas in which they want to support each other over the course of the project.

1. Answer questions provided to the team

Ask your team members to answer the following questions on their own:

• What’s your name and your role?
• What are your personal interests or hobbies?
• What skills do you bring to the team?
• When do you prefer to work on your own?
• When do you prefer to work in collaboration with others on a team?
• What do you want to learn while working on this team?

They can either answer them at the start of the ritual, or these questions can be shared in advance of the meeting so people have time to prepare their responses.

2. Share answers with the team

Set up this ritual’s diagram in a location that all of your team members can see. Ask each person to read out loud what they’ve written. As they share about themselves, write their interests and hobbies in the first column, their skills in the second column, and what they want to learn in the third column. Don’t label the information with the names of team members. If you have multiple coworkers with the same skill or interest, mark a star next to that information.

After everyone has spoken, describe to the team what you’ve discovered about everyone’s skills and interests, noting both the unique skills and interests that individual people have, as well as any overlapping skills or interests. You might also identify skills the team doesn’t have that are required for the project, which you can use as an input for project planning.

3. Create preferences for how you want to work together

Now that everyone has a sense of each other’s skills and interests, ask each team member to list the norms they want to see for the team. For a workplace team, these norms fall into the following categories:

• When you want to work
• Where you want to work
• How you want to work
• What we’ll learn from the work

Every team member should write a response for each of these norms on an individual sticky note. People can use their answers from the first set of questions as a starting point for this activity.

4. Share your individual preferences

Ask each person to share the individual norms that they’ve created. When each person is done, place their suggestions on the diagram in the appropriate category.

5. Decide on your team’s working norms

Read through each category of work preferences. You’re looking to make decisions as a team on what individual preferences should be translated into shared norms for the team. Limit your team to six to eight norms and be specific in how you describe them. The more specific your norms, the easier it is to give each other feedback and hold each other accountable.

To complete this ritual, summarize for the team what decisions you’ve made. It can help to keep the summary in a similar visual format to the output of this ritual, so everyone on the team has a clear picture of what was discussed and the shared norms they’ve agreed to uphold.

Turning People into Teams Toolkit • Instructions for “What Do We Bring to the Team?” (Page 1 of 2)
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