What is the Roller Coaster Retrospective?
This fun sprint retrospective idea is all about the thrills and spills of a roller coaster ride.
What inspired this new sprint retrospective? Sprints are like rollercoasters. A sprint may have ups, downs, twists and turns, and the most challenging or the most fearful can be the most fun.
Like most of our retrospective ideas, the Roller Coaster is deliberately designed to position participants to connect in with positive, constructive conversations. The “downs” aren’t something to dread, in fact, they are hugely helpful as they deliver the momentum to help us ride up to the highest peaks.
If you are looking for a way to remind your team not to fear failure – this is the retrospective for you!
Get onboard – lengthy queues and height restrictions don’t apply!
Roller Coaster Retrospective Format
Participants share their highlights (big and small) of the last sprint. Who stepped up? What worked well? What outputs can be showcased? What unexpected wins were delivered? What made the team happy and joyful?
Participants share their low points. What wouldn’t be done next time? Where did things go off the rails? Were there external factors that didn’t help? What cause people to descend?
Loops are the surprises that the participants encountered in the last sprint. What wasn’t expected? What took us around in circles rather than move us ahead? What took us on a journey just to end up on the same spot?
Participants identify the elements of the previous sprint they wish to apply to the next. What really helped? What enhanced the experience of the sprint? What actions bolstered team morale? What resources made a difference?
This category is a space for participants to capture ideas for the next sprint. What could be tried out? What tweaks could be injected? What could enhance the ride?