What is the Energy Levels Retrospective?
The Energy Levels retrospective is three handy agile tools in one! Firstly, it can be a retrospective that shows you how people’s energy levels were impacted in the last sprint. Secondly, it is a great check-in for the team to share what their current energy levels are. Finally, it can be used as a barometer for team morale.
Like the Mad Sad Glad retrospective, the Energy Levels exercise frames discussions. It lets you know what is giving them energy or draining them. It also reflects how much effort a task took which helps to assess if it was worthwhile and should be repeated.
The dimensions this retrospective uses can be carried beyond the retrospective to, say, the morning standup. This can help a team leader monitor how members feel about their work. After all, when energy levels are low for an extended period of time, low morale isn’t too far behind.
Energy Levels retrospective format
What energized you in the last sprint? What made you feel great or give you a real buzz? What felt effortless?
What took up the right amount of energy in the last sprint? What was delivered as planned?
What drained you in the last sprint? What took a lot longer than you thought it should?
What will re-energize you for the next sprint? What are you looking forward to?
This style of retrospective can be used when your team is having trouble completing a task. Having the ability to see what has been slowing you down and what you have achieved despite this, can be helpful in providing confidence when trying to complete a difficult task.