What is the Seasons of the Year Retrospective?
The seasons have been referenced by creatives for thousands of years in order to help support their expression of emotions.
Monet’s celebration of the colour and beauty of spring was a popular theme in his paintings; Shakespeare referenced a “summer’s day” when attempting to describe the love for his beloved in a sonnet; autumnal backdrops in movies can hint at a theme of change (think “Dead Poets’ Society”, “Remember the Titans”, and “Good Will Hunting”); and “Winter is coming” was leveraged as a dire warning in Game of Thrones.
The Seasons of the Year retrospective is a way of gauging how your team felt about the various elements of the last iteration. Using the seasons as a barometer for people to share their perspective on the sprint presents participants with an agreed and therefore safe vocabulary with which to express how they feel.
Seasons of The Year Retrospective Format
Participants identify what is starting to grow or blossom. What ideas are starting to take hold and progress? What’s new? What has commenced? What challenges have started to thaw?
Participants are encouraged to list what sizzled or shone in the last sprint. What amazing outputs were delivered? Who went above and beyond? What made people feel warm and relaxed?
This is a category that allows participants to share the elements of the sprint they feel may have been coming to an end. What changes were observed? Has there been a shift in the team mood? What has been cool and calm?
This is a space where participants identify elements of the sprint that are slowing. What came to an end? Did any participants have an icy perception of any element of the sprint? Where did we have to double down or take cover?