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Questions for 1:1 Meetings

Personal

Happiness

  • What brought you joy this week?
  • What brought you pain? Are you okay sharing it with me?
  • What’s motivating you this week?
  • What’s draining you this week?
  • How is your work-load this week?
  • How productive were you this past week (according to your standards )?
  • Are you happy working here?
  • If you would define your "Happiness Meter" on a 1-10 scale (1=Super bummed, 10=Excited as hell) where are you?
  • What keeps you engaged with your daily work?
  • What is the best accomplishment you had since you are here?
  • Do you feel appreciated for it?
  • What wins you had this week you want to celebrate?

Team

Collaboration and relations

  • Who inspires you in the team?
  • Is there anybody in the team that you find it difficult to work with? Why?
  • Do you receive feedback from team members?
  • If so on what occasions and from whom?
  • Do you feel the feedback was valuable?
  • Do you feel like you’re on the same page with the team?
  • What were your biggest time-wasters or roadblocks you encounter in your daily work?
  • What’s keeping you from doing your best work?

Project

Short-term goals

  • How is the project going? What can I do to help?
  • Is anything in the pipeline unclear, confusing or blocking?
  • What challenges have you run into that I can help you with?
  • Do you anticipate any friction I can help with?
  • Do you have any questions about the goals for the project?
  • What are the type of projects you would be interested in working on next?
  • What have you tried since our last 1:1 that didn’t work?
  • Why do you think it failed?
  • What’s the biggest thing you need to learn this week?

Career

Long-term goals / Personal development plan

  • What do you want to achieve in the next 3 years?
  • How are your skills/strengths evolving?
  • How do you think about your progress on your big goals?
  • What needs to be done to move towards the goals?
  • What can I do to help?
  • What kind of training or experience would you like to be involved in?
  • Do you feel like you are learning at work?
  • What are the areas you want to learn more about?
  • Do you feel challenged at work?
  • What are the new things you learned lately?
  • Would you like more coaching?
  • If so, in which areas?

Example of the Personal Development Plan 

Feedback for me

Manager improvement

  • What do expect of me? What will you consider as a success?
  • What can I do as a manager to make your work easier?
  • What’s one thing I need to know but don’t want to hear?
  • Is there anything I can do to help you be more successful?
  • Is there anything I can do right now to make your week more successful?
  • What current roadblock you need me to move?
  • How did I show up for you?
  • How do you need me to show up for you next week?
  • Is there anything you wish I was doing more of/less of?
  • What questions should I be asking you that I haven’t?
  • Are there any big opportunities you think the company is missing and we should explore (e.g. adding design system, having team mentors..) ?

Example of any easy exercise for feedback

These questions are a collections of topics I've gathered from different places, for example a thread about this exactly at the wonderful slack. Use what works better for you, I'm mixing them based on the person I meet.

Follow-up meetings

Using https://navigator.com to keep track

Agenda

  1. Overview of your product
  2. High level Backlog
  3. Overview of the team
  4. Issues, things that go well and suggestions
  5. Review Goals

Notes

  • This the place to write down important takes from the meeting

Action

  • Action #1 to follow
  • Action #2 to follow

Next meeting agenda

Following up on X action we discussed in our previous meeting

Reading List

Guide to One-on-Ones for Managers - Second Edition (1).pdf3425.9KB