What is the Squad Health Check?
Based on careful experimentation over many years, the Squad Health Check Model by Spotify labs is one exercise an agile coach or team should have as part of their meeting toolbox. Simple traffic light indicators are used to visually identify problems and allow each member in the team to quickly share their perception. For the squad itself, it builds awareness, a balanced perspective and gives everyone in the team an opportunity to share. For managers and coaches, it allows them to quickly identify what will best support the team, as well as identify any common issues across multiple squads.
Squad Health Check dimensions
How to run a Squad Health Check in TeamRetro
Your Health Check Template is ready to go.
Log into TeamRetro and choose the Health Check template you would like to use then click Start HealthCheck.
Reveal and discuss the results
All the results are tallied instantly and visualised using a traffic light and emoticons to keep things clear and simple. Automatically sort the dimensions if you would rather discuss the most positive, the most negative or the most mixed responses first. Sparklines show you the trends based on previous health checks.
Keep conversation on track with Presentation Mode
Switch to presentation mode to take the team through each dimension one-by-one and keep the conversation focused. Everyone’s device will be synched to follow along making it easier to facilitate. Capture comments and actions along the way so all the important things are captured.
Review your action plan
After you have finished the discussion, you can review overall action plan. Assign action owners and set due dates for additional accountability. You can also review your existing team actions from prior retrospectives or health checks.
Share the results
Great work, you are all done! Share the results with your team or download your actions in Microsoft Excel, CSV or PDF format. The results from your Health Check are added to your dashboard so you can track how your team progresses over time and visualise change.