Management 3.0 Practices: Celebration Grids

Performance Management that Celebrates Learning instead of Success v. Failure

“I use the Celebration Grid during our retrospective to motivate the team to experiment more and to improve the planning of each experiment.” — THOMAS BAER, scrum master, Siemens

Does your organization appreciate the things you’ve learned? Do you applaud colleagues who do their job well? All too often, organizations live day by day, from one crisis to another, and they forget to to take note of the good things that happened.

And it’s not just about applauding the good things. In work and in life, we sometimes succeed and we sometimes fail. What’s important is that whether we have success or failure, we learn from the experiment. This is where most performance management misses the boat. That’s why we created the Celebration Grid to celebrate learning!

By drawing a Celebration Grid and asking two important questions, we can look to implant good practices in the future of our business.

Celebration Grids are a visual way to present the outcome of an experiment, whether that experiment succeeded or failed. It shows us where we can celebrate the good practices, which result from a positive outcome and where we learned something from our failures.

You can see from the diagram the potential areas to celebrate are in green and those colored in gray and red are where we didn’t learn, or have a positive outcome. Have each person fill out his or her own celebration grid and then use it as a basis for discussion, even having noisemakers, cake or champagne to celebrate what you’ve all learned and what experiments and adventures you’ll head toward next!


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For more learning celebration, check out the Management 3.0 Practice of Yay! Questions!

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