What is the Personal Growth Retrospective?
This is an exceptionally valuable retrospective if you’re looking for an easy way to support the empowerment and well-being of your team members. Given that your team is made up of individuals, this retrospective gives them the opportunity and space to look at how they can each set personal goals and how others in the team can support their efforts. This can help to build bonds but also create the impetus for personal change at work.
The Personal Growth template was inspired by two areas of research.
Firstly, Rotter’s work relating to the Locus of Control, one of the four dimensions of self-evaluation. His research and that of others points to the fact that the more internal control an individual perceives they have, the more confident, empowered and productive they will be.
Secondly, the alignment of gratitude to well-being. This is a hot topic at the moment and for good reason – grateful people are happier and far less stressed.
The process of helping your team review your last iteration with this template will help the next sprint and your team!
Personal Growth Breakdown
Participants are invited to capture the actions they can deliver to improve the next sprint. What small habits could help them focus? What could they do to support other team members? How do they perceive they could directly contribute to the next sprint?
Here participants list the help the team could offer and why that is important. The assistance could be directly aligned with delivering value through the sprint or helping to foster well-being.
Participants have the chance to identify sources of work-related gratitude, the longer the list the better! The reasons could be as small as liking the coffee.