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We believe that nothing great was ever created alone. Teams are the heart of the futurespective. Teams integrate objectives and adapt those achievements as part of everyday work.
We want to fill in the gaps the scrum guide was not addressing--the solutions-oriented team dynamic. Through the futurespective, we fill in where the scrum guide has left off.
Using objective-driven approaches, the Futurespective systematically provides scrum masters with the needed solutions-oriented tools to help develop their teams.
We believe that teams are at the forefront of great discoveries, inspirational ah-ha moments, and the solution to the next big challenge.
We believe that teams, when we encourage them to think in possibilities, that they will be better equipped to create solutions rather than dwell on their problems. Our experience has shown us that teams are much quicker to provide solutions rather than explanations about the causes of those problems. Our teams have shown greater motivation to commit to solutions and follow-through on their objectives.
The Futurespective encourages teams to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset as a matter of course in order to succeed in the world of possibility.
Agility and quality is a part of our DNA. We have transitioned several organisations towards agility and we continue to support them in fulfilling corporate agility on a daily basis. We cultivate organisations towards solutions-focused engagements, conduct solution-focused workshops, and reinforce their competence with the SPF Academy.
The difference is quite simple: the point of reference for a retrospective is in the past, the futurespective's reference point is in the realm of possibility (i.e. the future) where experience is yet to be made. The retrospective is problem-focused, the futurespective is solution-focused.
In retrospectives we ask questions like:
What problems do we have this time?
What problems did we encounter in the last sprint that we need to fix?
Who will take responsibility for the action that we think will solve this problem?
Did we document this problem?
Did we learn from this problem?
Is the problem still relevant?
The reality is that the retrospective seeks to understand a problem's root cause in order to identify a viable solution. No clarity exists about exactly what the problem was in the first place, and by the time the retrospective arrives it is often too late to even remember it, or to talk about it, but we still spend tremendous efforts trying to solve a problem. We think solving the problem will allow us to adapt, but adaptation is a future-oriented concept, it requires a different perspective altogether. The retrospective looks into the past to see what problems can be solved in the present.
The futurespective builds upon successful goal attainment and iterates upon goal after goal until the mission is accomplished and the vision realised. Team members collaborate with one another in pursuit of the vision the team established for themselves. With every iteration goals are refined and commitments are made. Team members, as a whole, take ownership on those goals and responsibilities.
While futurespectives acknowledge the valuable insights provided by retrospectives, futurespectives do not approach solutions from problems normally identified in retrospectives. The retrospective employs similar strategies to elicit solutions; however, the primary point of view of a retrospectives begins by eliciting problems before solutions could be devised--thus, it is a problem-focused approach.
The futurespective is based on a body of knowledge gained over the past 40 years in personal development, psychotherapy, the science of success, and organisational behavior. The growing body of knowledge gained since the creation of Scrum by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland is astounding. The futurespective leverages this insight in the pursuit of cultivating effective and efficient teams.
The futurespective is no longer a single retrospective facilitation technique, it's a whole event in itself.
If you start the futurespective, we recommend to continue it. The futurespective takes the place of the retrospective in the team's schedule.
Both of these scrum events are reflective in nature, however, their vantage point is not the same. Thus, we do not encourage you to mix a retrospective and a futurespective in your team's schedules, it will cause confusion.
From time-to-time it might be interesting to do a retrospective and we encourage that too, but sparingly. Perhaps a timeline retrospective makes sense twice a year but when facilitating a retrospective we encourage you to do it with the solutions-focused mindset.
It is not necessary to facilitate a retrospective for a period of time before introducing the futurespectives.
Futurespectives follow their own introductory phase that scrum masters facilitate. After the introductory phase which lasts two iterations, we offer documentation for fulfilling a futurespective in scrum teams until the end of their collaboration.
Futurespectives can be carried out anytime, even if the team is strongly used to retrospectives. If you have a new team, start with the futurespective directly--this way you don't have to resolve unfinished issues found in retrospectives.
Developed 40 years ago by Steve de Shazer, Insoo Kim Berg and others at the Brief Family Therapy Center, Milwaukee in the 1980s, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) was used by therapists to cultivate a solutions-focused mindset. They were interested in the exceptions, rather than the problems.
Solution-focused team coaching takes a similar perspective as SFBT, but with a focus on teams. Solution-focused team coaching concerns with the goals of team members and the coaching is ended when those goals have been reached. The approach concerns teams, we do not decide what those topics and goals ought to be.
At the SPF Academy, we offer courses in solution-focused team coaching. Our courses include the application and use of the futurespective as a scrum event. For more information about courses in solution-focused team coaching, please visit the SPF Academy.