As a Scrum Master, sometimes you need to mix up your sprint retrospective templates. Perhaps you’ve used the same ones over and over or, maybe your team just completed a particularly difficult sprint and needs to regroup. Whatever the reason, it can be hard to think of new and engaging ways to continuously improve.
We asked three seasoned Scrum Masters what their favorite retro template was. Although it was hard for them to pick just one, they came back with some great answers you can use as inspiration for your next sprint retrospective.
Favorite Retro Template: Scrum Land
Here are some examples of the types of things you might find on the cards:
- Give an appreciation!
- What’s a challenge you expect the team to have in the future?
- What do you like about our team and the way we work together?
As we progress through the game, we take time to talk about anyone’s answers that warrant additional discussion and jot down potential actions as we go.
One of the great things about this game is that it doesn’t necessarily need to be played in the office. On nice days, my team will take the game board down the street to a park and play in the sunshine.
Favorite Retro Template: Festivus for the Retrovus
Next to each image I write a concept such as Proudest Moment, Biggest Challenge, Celebrations, and Biggest Wish. I then prompt the team to think in terms of the previous year, not just the past iteration, looking back on all they have accomplished. It’s always a fun retro and a nice way to wrap up the year.
Favorite Retro Template: 3 Little Pigs
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