We have categorized each of the templates based on their purposes and intended outcomes. While a retrospective does not have to be solely focussed on just one aspect, each has a major theme it will support. Here’s the rundown.
As well as supporting the retrospective itself, these can also be used to bring the team into the meeting headspace. They can help warm up the team, help to build rapport, and they can make sure everyone’s focus is on the meeting at hand. It’s easy to get distracted by emails and other work items, so a check-in that uses an easy, round robin style of questions helps people focus on the retrospective. They tend to be simple questions that have no right or wrong answer, so they build safety by giving each person a chance to chime in.
New to Retros
These are designed for a Scrum Master who may be new to Agile, or for a team who are just starting to dip their toes into the Agile water. They are tried and true formats that have become industry standards, and offer a solid array of questions to help the team learn and grow.
Have a new team? Maybe just a new team member? These team building retrospectives aim to help people work more collaboratively on a particular issue or theme. They can help to create social contracts. They can help grow understanding as to how each person works, thinks, and solves problems. There are no high rope courses here. Instead, it’s a discovery of the way your team members think and how they might work together.
These retrospectives templates help the team focus on the elements that will deliver the best possible product. They include dimensions that keep sprint and product goals in mind based on feedback from product owners, data and overall user stories. They look at the features of the product. They also look at the team coordinates and is supported while delivering their goals.
These templates focus on how a team works. They examine the environment in which they work and the stage they find themselves in the development life cycle. The goals of the templates might be to remove impediments, increase productivity and throughput, or simply to ensure that the team has a shared understanding of the process. Whether it’s continuous delivery or paired work, the process focus means that you can more easily examine what the team needs by way of support.
These templates support the delivery of futurespectives. While it is generally known that retrospectives are based on the last sprint cycle, a futurespective takes a different tack. They help teams shape a high-level strategy that supports the smooth delivery of their goal. They do this by having a team draw on their past experiences to shape a shared vision that will guide them forward.
Fun and Novel
Is your team suffering from meeting fatigue? Can you sense their disengagement? Is there a chorus of groans when it comes to your retros? These fun and novel agile retrospective formats encourage people to think differently by offering them a fresh perspective. They bring smiles, energy and vibrancy to the meeting. Warning: It may lead to laughter or a wild idea that just might work!
These are the agile formats to use when it’s time to get deep and meaningful. The questions here help you delve further into a topic. The conversations themselves may be more intrinsic or personal in nature. Some of them require a little soul searching while others may require an analytical approach to solving a problem or issue.