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Huddling 101: The Pre-Huddle

Huddling 101 the Pre-huddleIn the Huddle Cycle, numbers are forecast and shared at a series of meetings (Huddles) from daily departmental check-ins to weekly company-wide gatherings. The Pre-Huddle is the first of three Huddles in the Huddle Cycle. In this workplace Huddle, the team reviews work-group performance, develops a financial opinion (or forecast) from operational performance and communicates this information up through the company.

The Basics - 


The format for each Huddle in the Huddle Cycle should be relatively the same:

  • Evaluate the game conditions
  • Check the score
  • Plan the next play
  • Get fired up

(for a full explanation of this format read Make Staff Meetings More Effective: Stop Meeting, Start Huddling)

The Pre-Huddle provides an ideal forum to discuss the specific needs of the team, ideas for improvements and the “one thing” they can do as a team to improve the score.

  • Ideas: What are your suggestions for improvement?
  • Roadblocks: Where are you stuck? What can the team do to help?
  • Lessons Learned: What have you learned that should be shared with everyone?

Need help envisioning what a Pre-Huddle might look like? Watch this video of the team at SRC Electrical having their Pre-Huddle. 

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