Time Traveler retrospective

Retrospective Idea – Perfect for Dr Who fans and Marty McFly wannabes.

What is Time Traveler retrospective?

The Time Traveler retrospective lets a team review a sprint from multiple time perspectives, injecting fun and positivity into planning for the next iteration. The Time Traveler retrospective is a great tool to use in the middle of a long project.

By stepping into a time traveler’s shoes and looking at the last sprint as well as what lies ahead of them, team members can benefit from creative hindsight as well as optimistic predictions.

Including a ‘Time Loop’ in the retrospective helps to remind everyone of repeating activities they enjoyed, and which contributed to reaching sprint goals.

Time Traveler retrospective format

The Past

What was one moment in the last sprint that mattered to you? What was the highlight? What was a significant lesson learnt?

The Present

What is something you are focussed on at this point in time? What puzzles you? What is the current challenge?

The Future

What would you want to see if you traveled into the future? What would be the perfect end to the next sprint? What are you looking forward to celebrating?

Time Loop

What’s something that you would do over and over again? What have you enjoyed or brought success?

Suggested icebreaker questions for Time Traveler retrospective

  • What advice would you give to your “15 year old self?”
  • If you could go back in time, what would you start or stop doing?
  • Would you rather travel forward or back in time?

Retro Rehearsal

Apply the Time Traveler retrospective to your approach to your own or the team’s wellness.

With this theme in mind, what habits would you change?

Ideas and tips for Time Traveler retrospective

  • If you’re thinking of theming a retrospective, here’s your chance. ‘Time’ can be used to inspire what the team wears, the icebreaker you choose or simply a fun retro activity.
  • Looking for a way to reduce recency bias? Why not give an asynchronous retrospective a try! This will mean people can add ideas in at any time during the sprint.
  • Keep your team agreements in view during your retrospective. Remember you can add to them at any time.
  • Seeking to support a psychologically safe space? Switch up your retrospective to allow participants to offer their input anonymously – all voices will be heard at the same volume and ideas rather than the person who suggested them will be the focus.
  • Make the most of your presentation mode and drill down into ideas at the brainstorming, grouping as well as the discussion stages of your retrospective. This will let those who contributed the input the chance to explain and feel heard.
  • Speaking of time – use a Return on Time Invested (ROTI) tool to monitor the effectiveness of your meeting.

How to run Time Traveler retrospective in TeamRetro

Start Agile Retrospective

Start your retrospective in a click
Log into TeamRetro and choose your sprint retrospective template.

Invite Your Team
Invite your team easily – no separate accounts needed
Send an email invite, a link or add to your Slack channel to get people started quickly. SSO options are also available.
Agile Retrospective Brainstorm
Time to brainstorm
Each team member can now brainstorm individually under each topic. This avoids group think and allows everyone to have their say. They can indicate when they have finished, or you can set a timer so that you know when to move onto the next stage.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting
Group related ideas
Drag and drop  related ideas to combine them for easier voting. TeamRetro can also automatically suggest ideas that are similar, saving you and your team valuable time.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting
Vote independently to avoid anchoring
Each team member votes on what they would most like to discuss further. The results won’t be displayed to everyone until you advance to Discuss.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Discuss the most important things first
You and your team discuss the top voted ideas and can capture deep dive comments.  Presentation mode allows you to walk your team through ideas one-by-one and keep the conversation focused.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Review and create actions

Easily facilitate discussion by bringing everyone onto the same page. Create action items, assign owners and due dates that will carry through for review at the next retrospective.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Share the results
Once you have finished your retro, you can share the results and actions with the team. Your retro will be stored so you can revisit them as needed.

Congratulations! You’ve just run a retro like a boss.
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