Category: Retrospectives

Circles of Influence

Summary:

This sprint retrospective activity can be particularly useful when you feel your team is facing a lot of blockers/impediments. It helps teams identify the issues that they are facing and encourages them to develop a plan for tackling those issues.

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Super Stop-Start-Continue

Summary:

This is a version of the basic ‘Stop-Start-Continue’ sprint retrospective activity which can be used when there is a particular need to keep tight control over timings. Each step can be strictly time-boxed and you can adjust the time allotted in each section to suit your needs.

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6 Hats

Summary:

This tool can actually be used to run any meeting but I’ve found it to be very suitable as a sprint retrospective activity. The activity is based on a tool described in Edward de Bono’s book Six Thinking Hats. This is a parallel thinking process designed for effective group discussion and individual thinking. I saw Edward de Bono deliver a keynote presentation at the Learning Technologies conference in London a few years ago and had used the ‘Six Hats’ technique a number of times in meetings before trying to use it in a sprint retrospective.

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