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Increase Participation from your Scrum Team with Round Robin, Quiet Writing, and Free-for-All

As a scrum advocate, you embrace the agile framework of collaboration, communication, and feedback among team members. However, experience has taught the seasoned observers that not all team members may feel comfortable or motivated to participate in Scrum events, such as Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospective.

You would notice in your team dynamics some are more vocal than others, perhaps seniority bias, or egos coming into play.

So how can Scrum Masters and Product Owners encourage more engagement and involvement from their team members? I have three techniques that may help: 1) Round Robin, 2) Quiet Writing, and 3) Free-for-All.

Round Robin

Round Robin is a simple technique that involves going around the group and asking each person to share their ideas, opinions, or feedback on a specific topic or question. This technique ensures that everyone has a chance to contribute and that no one dominates the discussion. It also helps to create a safe and respectful environment where people can express themselves without interruption or judgment.

Some tips for using Round Robin are:

Quiet Writing

Quiet Writing is a technique that involves giving the team some time to write down their thoughts or ideas individually before sharing them with the group. This technique allows people to reflect and process the information at their own pace and express themselves more clearly and confidently. You can use Quiet Writing for various purposes, such as:

To use Quiet Writing effectively, you should:


Free-for-All is a technique that involves letting the team discuss or debate a topic or issue freely and openly, without any predefined structure or rules. This technique enables people to express their opinions or perspectives candidly and passionately and to challenge or support each other’s views. You can use Free-for-All for various purposes, such as:

To use Free-for-All effectively, you should:


You want to get the best out of your team, and they only happens when they are firing on full cylinders. Meritocracy only happens with a diverse body of thought and opinions. By using these three facilitation techniques, you can create a more inclusive and collaborative environment for your team and help them achieve their goals and deliver value. Try them out and see how they work for you and your team

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