Practice Cards

Once you have shared a few project stories and drafted a list of possible practices, it is time to create a Practice Card for each of these practices. 

Practice Cards let you define each practice that matters over time. A Practice Card is like a recipe card that describes a practice, some relevant exercises for that practice, and the behavioural benefits that can result from adopting this practice individually or as a team.

As you continue practice spotting, you can create your own library of practice cards and determine what cards are gaining in importance for you and your team over time. You’ll define patterns that help you to discover the values and beliefs that you want to embody in the environment in which you work on projects.

A Practice Card includes the following information:

  • Title—The name of the practice
  • Description—What the practice is about
  • Context – A context example of where this practice may live
  • Benefits—How this practice can help you
  • Exercises —A few example exercises you can practice
  • Related Practices—Other practices that relate to this practice

Here are some example practice card for George’s story.

Practice Card Example : Boundary Setting

Title—Boundary Setting

Description—Setting a boundary so people know what is and not is desirable. A few broad categories that can be helpful in setting a boundary include the following: verbal, psychological, emotional, physical, ethical, spiritual, and moral.

Benefits:

  • Understanding your own and other values
  • Knowing when to say no
  • Taking responsibility for the choices you make
  • Respecting yourself and others

Activities:

  • Understand what you do and do not agree on and why
  • Draw the boundaries around yourself and describe them
  • Detail what it would take to cross a boundary and why
  • Describe the environment for which you’ve defined your boundaries

Related Practices:

  • Trust and Safety