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Facilitation Ask Powerful Questions To Help Your Team Think

A great retrospective helps your team think, and maximize time to be as effective as possible before the next sprint.

One of the best ways to help your team learn and create innovative solutions together is to ask great questions. But not just any question will do. As a scrum facilitator, your questions should be:

  • Be open-ended
  • Not lead towards a predefined answer
  • Invite introspection
  • Help foster new ways of thinking
  • Be blameless
  • Encourage discovery

That's a tough list. The questions we naturally ask do not fall into this category. We tend toward quick requests and for easy ideas and that lead to decisions. The best agile teams use open-ended questions to develop new insights, approaches, and solutions.

How do you know if you asked a good question?


The ideas and actions! If after you have posed your question to the group, your team is able to better understand an issue, and contribute to a reflective conversation. You have asked a great question.

What are some example Powerful Questions?


Here are some powerful questions that can help your team think and learn together:

Can you tell us more?

How did we accomplish that?

What excites you about that?

Can we make that possible?

What are we willing to do differently?

What is stopping us from doing that?

Could we make that more effective?

Could we do that better?

Could we do that differently?

Why not?

What prevents us from doing that?

Are there other options?

What is challenging about that?

What still puzzles us about this?

There are many, many more possibilities. I recommend this 62 Powerful Question Card pack from Growing Agile. It’s free!

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