Feedback dating

Why a pencil dropped from my hand?

There are two answers (or I have got only two responses until now). One if because I dropped the pencil. Second, because the gravity law made it possible.

If you choose the first option you admit your responsibility in the fact of dropping. However, if you think it was the gravity law (or other reason) you avoid the responsibility of the fact.

There are many times I run into with teams blocked with its tasks (or projects) but a few times team members recognise their responsibility of being stuck.

Reading an article on Medium I found this great activity for doing “Retrospectives” with teams that are blocked. It is called “Feedback dating”.

The following paragraphs are extracted from:


“In feedback dating, each member of the team, meets every other member for 10 minutes and keeps on moving. In each encounter, the person gives feedback for 5 minutes and receives feedback for 5 minutes. Each person will keep notes of the comments. After meeting everyone on the team, the person takes time to reflect on the notes. It gives a good platform to recognize and share individual blockers and enablers.

Diagnosis shows the cause of symptoms — the problem.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” ― Albert Einstein

The 5 minutes is exciting.”

Last but not least, if you work in a team that is struggling to achieve a goal (and you and the team have clarity about the goal) let’s try “Feedback Dating”.

If you want to give feedback about your experience reach me at Twitter: @metlucero, Skype: metlucero is my id or by Email: metlucero [at] gmail [dot] com

Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile. Why? I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible to implement it. Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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