I always am looking for new and nice retrospectives for my team and
luckily I found this website called Fun Retrospectives.
You can visit at http://www.funretrospectives.com/
For me, it is quite boring to use what did well?
what did wrong? and Action items to improve the team.
Instead of that I prefer to use games or activities to discover
issues inside the team or on last sprint.
Yesterday, Speed car was my activity to do Retrospective with my team who
Many members of my team feel glad to use and of course I am planning to change
the activity for other different.
If you don’t know what Speed car is, no problem I will describe for you.
This is a simple activity for helping the team to identify things that
make them move faster, and things that slow them down.
Running the activity
1. Ask the participants to write notes and place them on the following
two areas: Engine and Parachute.
– Engine: What have been pushing us forward? Making us move faster?
– Parachute: What have been slowing us down?
2. Group the notes and discuss.
3. Request the team to propose actions to improve or solve the problems that
are slowing us down.
Furthermore, there is another which looks very interesting and I will use in the
short time, it is called Hot-air Ballon.
This is a simple activity for helping the team to identify things that make them move faster, and things that slow them down.
Plus Minus Voting
This is a great activity for time management and prioritization. It is typically used for focusing the conversation on fewer items with the highest interest by the group.
Running the activity
1. Instruct the participant on the voting rules:
– Each participant is entitled to 3 +s and 3 -s votes (each vote will be represented by a + or – mark on the post-it).
– Participants can place more than one vote on a card.
– (+) represents your agreement with a note, and you want to talk about it.
– (–) represents your disagreement with a note, and you want to talk about it
*”Please, vote on the items that you want to discuss. The items with most votes will be picked up first.”*
2. Go vote!
3. Engage on a group conversation following the group’s interest rank (notes with most marks first).
This is a variation of the Dot Voting activity which allows participants to be clearer about agreements and disagreements.
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