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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.
Set the stage
Emoticon Project Gauge
Help team members express their feelings about a project and address root causes early
Prepare a flipchart with faces expressing various emotions such as:
shocked / surprised
nervous / stressed
unempowered / constrained
Let each team member choose how they feel about the project. This is a fun and effective way to surface problems early. You can address them in the subsequent phases.
Set the stage
Create a happiness histogram to get people talking
Prepare a flip chart with a horizontal scale from 1 (Unhappy) to 5 (Happy).
One team member after the other places their sticky note according to their happiness and comment on their placement
If anything noteworthy comes from the reason, let the team choose to either discuss it there and then or postpone it for later in the retrospective
If someone else has the same score, they place their sticky above the placed one, effectively forming a histogram
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