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?

Published by Corinna Baldauf

Corinna Baldauf has filled every Scrum role there is and then some. Currently she spends most of her days writing and occasionally facilitating retrospectives. She's interested in lean, agile, coaching, leadership & UX. You can follow her on Twitter, subscribe to her (Retromat) newsletter and buy her books.

5 replies on “My Facilitation Kit”

    1. 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. 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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