Putting the Moose on the Table: Make your retrospectives more effective using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY techniques

In order for teams to step into high performance. it's critical that they develop the practice of having effective conversations about what is and isn't working.  Yet in practice, the retrospective meeting is often the least-valued of the agile events: team members feel that their retros are boring, repetitive, and superficial.  

In this workshop, we will teach participants how to design and deliver a really useful retrospective using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY.  We'll cover the basics of this powerful facilitation technique, and give advice about how to build your own SERIOUS PLAY kit using pieces easily available at the local toy store.  We'll also offer practical suggestions for how to design a retro that gets everyone talking (and building), and results in the team agreeing on action.

The participants will leave with a powerful retrospective technique that they can immediately use with their teams.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

(This is still a work in progress - we'd love feedback on how to make this better!)

Why aren't your retros working?

Quick review: the 5 stages of a retrospective

So you think you can LEGO Serious Play?: a quick and dirty overview of the essentials of this facilitation technique

Warm up activities to get everyone talking

Getting the moose on the table: choosing questions to get to the heart of things.

Building your own LSP kit: what you need to know to build a facilitation kit using LEGO that's readily available at your local toy shop.

 

 

Learning Outcome

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • How to plan a retrospective that includes each of the 5 steps needed to foster effective conversations
  • Warm up activities to encourage full participation
  • The foundations of LEGO SERIOUS PLAY (enough to be able to run an exercise with their teams)
  • Retrospective questions to stimulate powerful conversation about deeper issues
  • How to put together a basic kit for LEGO Serious Play

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Agile Team Leads, Organizational Change Agents

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