What is the Three Little Pigs Retrospective?
Is your team building a product made out of straw, sticks, or bricks? Can you keep the “big bad wolf” at bay? Fairy tales entertained us while teaching us some handy lessons. In the case of “The Three Little Pigs” we can see that –
• Quick fixes aren’t always the best way forward (just ask the first two pigs!)
• There will always be obstacles (like the hungry wolf) for us to face, and we need to choose how best to manage them.
• Learning from our failures will help us build sturdier futures.
The Three Little Pigs Retro offers your team another creative sprint retrospective idea to help identify short, medium and long-term actions that will bring stability and value added features to your product.
It helps you analyze the current product or technology stack and which elements can be easily broken, need fixing up or is part of the foundational core to deliver your service. The outcome then allows your team to review the current gaps and to look for continuous improvement actions that can help keep the Wolf at bay!
House of Straw
These are quick, temporary fixes, prototypes or wireframes that need to be re-visited. They are solutions that were put in place that seemed appropriate at the time but on closer inspection, aren’t going to be effective for much longer. These are things that have a limited life or even things that may represent a high-risk level to our project or team. As such, they need immediate attention and action.
House of Sticks
These are things that are reasonably reliable but could be improved. They are current offerings that with additional resourcing could be made more efficient or effective. These could include aspects of a project that represent a medium level of risk and that are within the team’s power to address.
House of Bricks
These are things that are fundamentally reliable and require little or no change. These elements have been well resourced and highly effective. These could also be aspects of the project that help to mitigate risk or resources all team members may call upon at any time.