My Facilitation Kit

About two years ago, I toyed around with the idea of a “Scrum Master Emergency Kit“. Today I’d like to show you the kit tray I really use. I hope it’s useful for people new to facilitating retrospectives (or meetings in general):


My tray contains (ordered by frequency of use):

  • Whiteboard markers (no Flipchart markers, so there can’t be mix-ups)
  • Post-Its in various sizes
  • Pin-It-Cards (which I don’t pin but “magnet”)
  • Pens
  • Magnets
  • Tape
  • Blank paper (about the same size as “letter”)
  • Old plans for retrospectives and material for them

Anyone else up to showing how they haul around their stuff? And what stuff it is in particular?

5 Comments My Facilitation Kit

    1. Corinna

      Great! Much more extensive write-up than mine 🙂 You’re post wasn’t even that long ago.
      You’re absolutely right about the Smartphone: I also take mine to take a photo of the action items.

  1. Carina

    Where I am currently working, we keep multiple kits with post its, sharpies, whiteboard markers and fidgets available. If I’m in a rush I can grab one or two and go and know I will have what I need to facilitate.

    It’s been my practice to have a kit available for myself prior to this for years. People starting taking my kit for other meetings and when I needed it was gone. I realized I needed to make more to share.

    Sometimes we use an easy-to-grab large strong zipper pouch, sometimes a plastic tub or one of those free conference cinch bags. With my current set-up, you can grab certain types of facilitation supplies without having to spend much time putting a single kit together. It’s a life-saver for me on busy days or when I frantically need enough supplies for 40 people.

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