It all started after our Movember "Ginger-Mo" fund raising event, when one of the team showed me how to turn an upside down gingerbread man into a gingerbread reindeer. The next thing I know we are planning Christmas pudding chocolate crackles, mistletoe cup cakes and meringue Christmas trees. The end result being a Christmas themed Unity Hour with just one condition from from Development Manger, +Wayne Palmer: "As long as I don't have to dress up as an elf!"
|My boss dressed as Santa|
With my boss in a Santa suit, my team in their various Christmas t-shirts and plenty of Christmas treats to eat we were ready to end the year on a high. For me the end of the year is always an excellent time to reflect. We decided to use Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" as the base for the agenda - Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.
Christmas Present was a time to celebrate. We asked everyone to think about who had been naughty and nice in 2013, while they enjoyed a cup of coffee and a Christmas treat. We then asked the team to share their thoughts with the group. With the exception of calling out a certain Scrum Master that likes to "borrow" Sharpies and not return them, people focused on thanking those they had worked with in 2013.
|Em & Wayne|
Santa is coming to Unity Day! Santa would like to know your Christmas wish for the EDW Release Train. One of Santa’s elves will place a wish card on your desk today. Please find a minute to clearly write one or two words with a Sharpie on your wish card and bring it with you tomorrow morning where each of you will be able to share your wish with Santa and the broader team. Merry Christmas one and all!Each team member read out their wish and gave it to Santa's helpers to create a word cloud. The wishes ranged from "world peace" to "a new Sharpie" (from the Sharpie stealer of course). There was a theme about Xboxs and PS4s (and even one request for a PS5!) and a really inspiring set of wishes about enablers for continuous delivery. Looks like Santa is going to have his work cut out for him!
While this set of activities obviously doesn't hit the mark in terms of a true retrospective, it was a fun way to reflect on the year that was and prepare for the year ahead.