If Dr Spock was to conduct a retrospective, it’s likely he’d choose the What? So what? Now what? template.
Designed to bring a neutral pragmatism to the review of a sprint, this retrospective format helps your team suspend emotion and side-step bias in order to create a safely objective space to conduct your retro.
That objectivity doesn’t come at the cost of time as there’s no beating around the bush with this retrospective. Its format helps your team succinctly define what happened during your last sprint (What?), the consequences of those happenings (So what?), and shape logical next steps (Now what?).
This is a great format if you are looking for a way to liberate your team from pre-existing bias or groupthink. What happened isn’t categorised as either good or bad – just a fact!