Changing the questions that you ask your team can have a dramatic impact on the feedback you receive and results you obtain.
When you and your team gather for a weekly huddle or scrum do you have clear objectives for what you want to accomplish? Are your questions meaningful? Do they elicit honest, clear responses about what is really happening with your team? If your team doesn’t feel comfortable actively engaging in discussions about the needs and challenges they face on a day-to-day basis, that could be a sign of a much deeper issue. If you wish you could get inside the minds of your teammates more or want to have more effective and productive meetings, consider how you are asking for their input.
The best way to get the feedback is to make sure the questions you are asking will provoke honest and complete answers. Open-ended questions such as, “What went well this week?”, and “What are we doing or not doing that can help you be more successful?” are good examples. For a list of great questions and guidance on how to lead a productive weekly meetings Read David Hassell’s article, Mind reading 101: The 10 Questions You Need to Ask Your Team Every Week.