How to make retrospective meeting more productive with fun
In scrum scheduled retrospective meeting we always talk about three steps
1. what we can stop
2. what we can continue
3. what we can improve
But after sometime all the above questions become boring, to make this meeting more interactive and interesting
Follow the below method which we have used in a retrospective.
Draw an image on white board as shown above.
Here Car is a symbol of current sprint where
Team have to complete number of stories in current sprint.
Parachute shows that it shoot in between and became impediments for sprint car
Which reduces sprint car speed.
So in this game the each team member has to write two types of sticky notes(with two colours)
One at right side of the car for whatever efforts they have taken to meet sprint goal, so write all positive points at this side.
With this game format team members definitely come with multiple suggestions and they will find it more interesting as compare to earlier boring meeting and it adds 2 to 3 times more comments from team as compare to previous.
Once you get the all points , please discuss with all members and take their views on same and come with action points which will be either with the team or scrum master or PO or management. Make sure as scrum master followup on this point and get it resolved asap and same should get discuss in next retrospective.
This overall meeting will take around hour and half.
Please make sure don't forget to change the image after each two sprints and come with some innovative image on board.
(Ref. Below another example of image for retrospective. This parachute's top past shows team moving in upward direction and the bottom part is impediment as if weight of this box increase it will take parachute down.)
I will also share some more creative ideas in upcoming blogs.