Retroing the Retros

After recently reading the book Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts I was reminded of something very important that I learnt after going through the motions of sprint start, end, retro over and over again; people get bored of the same old same old. It is important to keep things engaging with fresh ideas.

When I joined Spotlight over a year ago, everything was new and exciting. While that was the case for me, I had forgotten that everyone else had been doing the same for a long time. So, I decided to bring back a little bit of play into work. Here are a couple of my personal favourites.

The Walking Dead inspired zombie Retro. The team (us) represented by the poor man on the left prepared to fight the zombie attack. Here we added green stickies representing tools needed by us to face the attack. In other words everything that is helping us succeed.

The zombies on the right are representing everything that is standing in the way of our success. Here we added pink stickies with everything that is in the way of our success.

The Middle part covered by orange stickies represents measures taken by us to prepare for the zombie attack. 

Retro - Zombies

Balloon Flight Retro. This is a much simpler one that focussed on:

  • What is stopping us
  • What is helping us


More ideas are always welcomed.

Although I have had a burst of interesting sessions recently, the real challenge is in keeping it going. Watch out for some Legospectives in the near future!


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