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Set the stage
Imagine yourself as a superhero! What is your superpower?
Each participant creates a superhero version of themselves based on how they see themselves in the team / project - Complete with appropriate superpowers, weaknesses and possibly an arch-nemesis.
Drill down to the root cause of problems by repeatedly asking 'Why?'
Divide the participants into small groups (<= 4 people) and give each group one of the top identified issues. Instructions for the group:
One person asks the others 'Why did that happen?' repeatedly to find the root cause or a chain of events
Record the root causes (often the answer to the 5th 'Why?')
Let the groups share their findings.
Ask Norman Kerth's 4 key questions
Norman Kerth, inventor of retrospectives, identified the following 4 questions as key:
What did we do well, that if we didn’t discuss we might forget?
What did we learn?
What should we do differently next time?
What still puzzles us?
What are the team's answers?
Set the stage
Participants mark their 'weather' (mood) on a flipchart
Prepare a flipchart with a drawing of storm, rain, clouds and sunshine. Each participant marks their mood on the sheet.
Close the retrospective
Know your neighbour - Closing
How does your left neighbour feel about the retrospective
Ask each team member to guess if their left neighbour thinks this retrospective was a good use of their time and why. Their neighbour confirms or corrects their guess.
If you have set the stage with activity #108, make sure to go around the other direction this time.
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