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”)
- 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?
I’ll bite. I wrote a post on my Agile Kit a while back (I’m not brave enough to appear on camera):
It is too large to take with me to sessions. Instead, before any session I’m facilitating, I pack a little “go bag” of what I’ll need from the contents of the kit.
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.
This is a nice overview of what a graphic facilitator might carry:
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.
That sounds very handy! Thanks for sharing, Carina!
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