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Beyond the ceremonies - micro-rituals in the development of team culture


  • Submitted: Tue, 2016-06-28 19:27
  • Updated: Tue, 2016-06-28 19:27
Presenter: Rebecca Porterfield
  • Topic: People
  • Type: 5 Minute Lightning Talk

Rituals are a universal feature of human social structures. From the celebration of national holidays to the way we proceed through our morning routines, ritual is a glue that reminds people that "I" am (or am not) a part of a certain "they". Micro-rituals are those little, every-day things people in groups do to reestablish connection and cement unwritten social rules. Beyond the ceremonies of agile, attention to and nurturing of the micro-rituals of a team can mean the difference between cohesion and chaos.

I'll share a couple of examples of micro-rituals of both great and aweful teams I've been a part of, how they came about and some tricks I've learned along the way to influence which ones stuck.


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