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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
State an affirmative goal for the session
Concentrate on positive aspects instead of problems by setting an affirmative goal, e.g.
Let's find ways to amplify our strengths in process and teamwork
Let's find out how to extend our best uses of engineering practices and methods
We'll look at our best working relationships and find ways to build more relationships like that
We'll discover where we added the most value during our last iteration to increase the value we'll add during the next
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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