Have you ever had a retrospective where you didn’t define actions to be executed and checked up on in the next retrospective? I did.
I facilitated a retrospective using the Lean Coffee exercise. This helped to generate some good discussion, but in the end there was no action item. Is that a bad thing?
When the safety check returns a low result (e.g. lots of 2s and 3s) there are ways to react in a retrospective. But how can you deal with low safety in a team outside the retrospective, e.g. in stand-ups or estimation meetings?
The write a letter to yourself exercise is an exercise to create continuity between two personal retrospectives. You write a letter – addressed to yourself – where you summarise what you learned and decided in this personal retrospective.
Then you put the letter in an envelope and close it. At the beginning of the next retrospective you open the envelope and read the letter. Thereby you can bridge two personal retrospectives together.
The ‘open thought paper’ is simple a place, where you can write down your thoughts during a personal retrospective.
I use it, to capture thoughts that otherwise are in danger to be forgotten. This is especially helpful during focused exercises like the timeline ( and ), where there will be thoughts coming up, you cannot process into the current context. Continue reading
Now I want to introduce the ‘colour the timeline’ exercise for you personal retrospective.
A timeline is a chronological overview over the period you are reflecting on. This has been filled with facts before. Now you analyse it deliberate by using colours to describe your feelings.