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Set the stage
Positive and True
Boost everyones energy with a tailored question
Veronika Kotrba and Ralph Miarka
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Think of a question that is tailored to get a response that is positive, true and about their own experiences, e.g.
What have you done really well in the last iteration?
What is something that makes you really happy?
What were you most happy about yesterday?
Ask your neighbor the question. Then your neighbor asks their neighbor on the other side the same question and so on until everyone has answered and asked.
This will give everyone a boost and lead to a better retro.
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
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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