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Team meetings and communications

Team meetings and rituals

Ask Andrea for calendar invitations to these meetings if you don’t already have them.

  1. Talent team retro on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 AM ET
    • Attendees: All members of talent team at CDS
    • Frequency: biweekly
    • Length: 1/2 hour
    • Purpose: Blameless retro on the previous two week session.
  2. Talent team backlog refinement on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 PM ET
    • Attendees: All members of talent team at CDS
    • Frequency: biweekly
    • Length: 1 hour
    • Purpose: Review and refine backlog and plan work for next two weeks.
  3. Talent Standups on Tuesday at 10 AM, Wednesday at 9:30 AM, Thursday at 11 AM
    • Attendees: All members of talent team at CDS
    • Frequency: weekly
    • Length: 30 mins
    • Purpose:
    • What they did last week
    • What they’ll do in the next week
    • Any blockers
  4. One-on-ones with Andrea weekly
    • Attendees: You and Andrea
    • Frequency: Every week
    • Purpose: Touch base on your OKR progress and blockers facing your work
    • Length: one hour
    • Standing agenda:
    • Blockers facing your work
    • Progress on your OKRs
    • Whatever else you’d like to discuss
  5. Team coffee chat weekly Optional. We have a standing time on Mondays from 9-9:30AM EST as a team to chat without a set agenda.

  6. Team retreat quarterly We meet for 4-5 hours toward the end of each quarter to reflect and plan for the next. See the objectives setting process page for more details.

Communication channels

  • #talent-team on Slack is a private channel with only talent team members. We use this channel for communications relevant only to us. Even though it’s hidden, an access to information request could make it public.
  • #people on Slack is a channel for anyone interested in people and culture. We use this channel for any discussion (related to talent) CDS might enjoy.
  • We use email very little for communication amongst our team. Slack is a better bet.

- Last updated by Andrea on August 29, 2019