Questions for 1:1 Meetings



  • 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?


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?


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?


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 to keep track


  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


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


  • 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