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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.
Team members brainstorm in 4 categories to quickly list issues
After discussing the data from Phase 2 show a flip chart with 4 quadrants labeled ':)', ':(', 'Idea!', and 'Appreciation'. Hand out sticky notes.
The team members can add their input to any quadrant. One thought per sticky note.
Cluster the notes.
Hand out 6-10 dots for people to vote on the most important issues.
This list is your input for Phase 4.
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
Check In - Quick Question
Ask one question that each participant answers in turn
In round-robin each participant answers the same question (unless they say 'I pass'). Sample questions:
In one word - What do you need from this retrospective?
Address concerns, e.g. by writing them down and setting them - physically and mentally - aside
What's something that caused problems last iteration?
If you could change one thing about the last iteration what would it be?
Avoid evaluating comments such as 'Great'. 'Thanks' is okay.
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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