Collect topics in three categories: 'Dare', 'Care' and 'Share' Source:
Juliana Stepanova, inspired by the Play4Agile Orga Team
Display three categories:
… is for bold wishes, ideas and suggestions; to address pain points; anything that is important to mention but might need courage to raise
… is for troubles and worries; things that aren’t happening but should; areas for improvement
… is for any kind of information that team members want to share with each other; feedback, news, …
Ask each participant to write down at least 1 sticky note per category and set the timer to 5 minutes. Afterwards go around and let each participant read out their notes and post them in the appropriate category.
Get a sense of everyone's position and reach consensus Source:
When the team can't decide between two options, create a big scale (i.e. a long line) on the floor with masking tape. Mark one end as option A) and the other as option B). Team members position themselves on the scale according to their preference for either option. Now tweak the options until one option has a clear majority.
Each participant notes 1 thing they like and 1 thing they'd change about the retro Source:
Prepare a flip chart with 2 columns: Head them with 'Plus' and 'Delta'. Ask each participant to write down 1 aspect of the retrospective they liked and 1 thing they would change (on different index cards). Post the index cards and walk through them briefly to clarify the exact meaning and detect the majority's preference when notes from different people point into opposite directions.