In my last post, I talked about the value of getting everyone’s perspectives during planning sessions (actually, I’d advocate doing so in all conversations).

It just so happens that last weekend I played a great collaborative game with my sister, brother-in-law and partner.

The game was a boxed escape the room puzzler and was super-fun.

Between us, we had a police officer, a full-time parent, a Scrum Master and a learning service global programme manager.

It took us a while to work through all the puzzles in the game, but in every one, at least three of the four of us contributed to its solution.

All of us see things slightly differently and often a combination of these perspectives lead to more than the sum of the parts.

The problem is that not everyone necessarily either sees the value of what they add to the conversation or have the confidence to make their voice heard.

Helping everyone be heard not only drives better solutions, it also leads to happier, more cohesive teams.