The listening tree in Scrum

I wonder what you would think if you read this in a colleague’s calendar: Weekly one-on-one with my tree.

What if you were asked these questions?

  1. How often were your team members facing an issue, and you could not listen to them just in time?
  2. How often did you hear some half-true issues faced by a team member named by someone outside the team?
  3. How often did the retrospectives not showcase the real issues?

If “quite often” is the answer to the above questions, then read on.


Earth is blessed with life, and the trees are an important part of the earth. Most of the land animals and birds are directly or indirectly dependent on the trees for feeding, making homes, or laying eggs. Humans are included — we have lived close to trees for a long time, eating their fruits and for using their wood for fire, weapons to hunt animals, and build homes.

The trees were the center of many ancient civilizations, with names like “the wishing tree” or “the listening tree.” Ancient civilizations believed that some trees had supernatural powers, such as being able to listen to human beings, fulfill their wishes, or solve their problems. –


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