When a team has been established for a while it can be useful to step back and reflect on how the team is progressing.
We meet for an hour or so and work through some questions.
Below is a list of questions that can help your team to reflect on its development and how well it is performing as a team.
Some questions around cultural difference and diversity are also included.
Team Debrief Check list
How we organised are we as a team?
How efficient are our team meetings?
How well do we communicate between meetings?
Do we have ground rules that we stick to that help us work consistently and effectively?
How well do we record actions arising from team meetings/ How effectively are we administrating our team?
Are we using a common communications platform and how well is it working ? (E.g. A closed Facebook Group or a Slack Group)
Team Decision Making and Leadership
How effective is our team decision making?
How do we manage conflict and differences of opinion?
Are we using leadership as well as we could? Is one person making all of the decisions or is everyone involved?
Has anyone dominated the team – how have you dealt with that?
How does your group let leaders emerge as needed?
How do we ensure all views are heard?
Are we getting the results that we should be getting and, if not, why not?
Are we using good time and project management? Are we using any project management tools?
Are we prioritising time and tasks effectively?
Are we leaving things until the last minute or working proactively and in a balanced way?
Do we take time to reflect on what we have and haven’t achieved?
Are we using technology as well as we could to optimise our performance as a team?
Are we learning from our mistakes and building on success?
Is everyone pulling their weight? Are their any free riders? How are we dealing with that?
Team Mood and Morale
Is the group in a positive frame of mind? What is the atmosphere like in the group?
Is the group stressed? How do we deal with stress?
What’s the group motivation like? What causes it to fall and how to we lift the level of motivation?
Do we celebrate success and socialise appropriately to build the team spirit in our team?
How are you dealing with disrespectful behaviours, lateness and regular absence from meetings, as well as people under-performing?
Is there collusion in the team; do you avoid saying how you feel? How do difficult issues get raised and discussed?
Are difference respected and tapped into in our group?
How do we deal with the different cultural backgrounds, values and perspectives represented in our team?
Do we talk openly about our differences and our commonalities?
Are we making best use of different language capabilities in our team, e.g. when we do online research internationally?
Are there any issues with gender or age differences and are we dealing with those well? What different assumptions and habits in out group affect this?
Think of examples of when the group was at its strongest and when it was at its weakest. Share those examples in your team and discuss how the strengths can become more consistently present.
What does our team look and feel like when we are performing at our best?