What is the Weather Report Retrospective?
This interactive and easy format is a fun way for the team to quickly check in (or check out) of a retrospective and acts as a creative mood check to measure how the team is feeling. Knowing the weather ahead can help you be more prepared. The Weather Report captures the vibe of the team, whether your team is virtual or remote, or gathered in the same room.
Knowing how they are currently feeling about the last sprint helps you get a quick sense of how you might best mange the retrospective. Knowing if everyone is sad, distressed or feeling disrupted (Stormy) compared to bright and cheerful (Sunny), lets you adjust your tone, attitude and demeanour.
You can run this retrospective in two different ways.
The first way is to simply for each person to put their name under each heading, and perhaps comment why.
The second way is to have people put down aspects of the sprint that made them feel a certain way.
What makes up the Weather Forecast Retrospective for Scrum Teams
It has been turbulent. There have been many issues that has caused team productivity to come to a halt. Participants have not been able to hit the sprint goals or those goals have been changed and participants did not feel like they brought value.
It has been disruptive. There have been several small issues that have come up but nothing has stopped participants from doing what they need to do. With the right preparation, warning, tools and equipment, participants have been able to navigate through the work and to deal with the situation.
It has been promising. There have been things developing. There has been enough support and cover. There could have been some interruptions but things could clear up and participants could experience blue skies ahead.
Things have been cheerful. The sprint goals have been met and participants feel positive and happy about adding value and contributing to the outcomes of the team.