It started when I was looking for a good tool to run retrospectives in a distributed team. I quickly learned that the tools available didn't fit for either of the reasons: the free ones were too opinionated or poorly developed; the good ones were not free. So I asked myself, "what tool could give me the freedom of a physical board and allow for smooth concurrent online editing". The answer appeared to be Google Drawings. It had some considerable advantages:
- It was completely unopinionated about facilitation techniques.
- It gave me the freedom I wanted with my virtual whiteboards.
- Most importantly, it was (and still is) totally free!
So I started creating templates with Google Drawings that I would use to run retrospecitves in my teams. Over time I built a library that I could apply to any kind of meetings where I had to facilitate online.
That's how Kiryl's Facilitation Toolkit came about. It's an extensive set of templates for different kinds of facilitated online sessions supported with guides and examples. I share it free of charge. The only thing I ask in return is to subscribe to a no-spam, value-only mailing list.