Retrospectives are sometimes viewed as stressful and about complaining. Retrospectives should be rewarding and fun! We'll introduce four "games" in a somewhat narrative romantic story (break up, self worth, honeymoon planning, fixing a home). These four games cover internal and external concerns as well as individual and collective (it, I, we, its). We will explain the value of picking a retrospective that fits a team's need. Finally - we will have a funeral for the old ways of doing retrospectives.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

We will start with a brief discussion of the value of "games" to motivate interactive retrospectives.

A: THE BREAK UP: The first game will be walked through and we will invite everyone to participate in small groups. (Dear John as taught by Jean Tabaka)

B: SELF WORTH: The second game will be explained only. (what is your superpower)

C: THE HONEYMOON PLANNING: folks in the room will participate in a group activity. (map of the world as a team)

D: FIXER UPPER HOME: we will explain the fourth game (spaceteam)

Finally, as a close out we will briefly explain using spiral integral dynamics quadrants (I, It, Its, We) as way to choose the right retrospective for team issues.

Learning Outcome

  • Learn four easy and short retrospectives.
  • Understand how to use retrospectives to help a team find solutions
  • Recognize a technique to find the right retrospective

Target Audience

Folks looking get more value from their retrospectives

Prerequisites for Attendees

none!

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