Witches and Warlocks retrospectives

Sprint Retrospective Idea – Create a little Harry Potter style magic that transforms and elevates the team.

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What is the Witches and Warlocks retrospective?

Witches and Warlocks is a great example of a fun sprint retrospective for teams. It’s a sprint retrospective idea that shows creativity and fun can bring value to a project,

This theme-based retrospective has been crafted to position team members to adopt an optimistic view of the sprint.

Witches and Warlocks retrospective format

Love Potion

What did we love about the last sprint? What made us feel good? nWhat are we proud of?

Magic Wand

What do we want to transform? What would we change if we could? What would make the next sprint easier?

The Perfect Spell

What should we aim for? What needs to be correctly aligned? What do we anticipate is needed?

Crystal Ball

What do we see in our future? What is likely to happen? What are our predictions for the next sprint?

Owl

What shout-outs do we want to send? Who made a difference? Who do we appreciate?

Suggested Icebreaker questions for Witches and Warlocks

  • What magical object do you wish you owned?
  • If you could cast a perfect spell, what would it do?
  • What would you use a crystal ball to find out

Retro Rehearsal

Invite your team to rehearse the retro referencing a meme they’ve all seen.

For example, when they look at Success Kid what do they love/want to transform/try to make it/make it relevant again/acknowledge?

Icebreaker Activity

Set the stage with a little magic trick of your own or ask if someone knows a good trick they like to share. Can’t think of one? Here are 25 tricks you can try yourself.

Ideas and tips for your Witches and Warlocks retrospective

  • Create a little magic. Set the stage with a little magic trick of your own or ask if someone knows a good trick they like to share. Can’t think of one? Here are 25 tricks you can try yourself.

  • Prefer a slightly different ice breaker? Ask each person which spell they would like to have cast in the last sprint. A time rewind spell for more time, the ability to be invisible to avoid interruptions or a sleep spell because of the late nights working to deliver an outcome. These are great ice breakers to help get a sense of the room.

  • Make brainstorming anonymous to allow people to feel safe when contributing their thoughts. People will feel more engaged when they feel like they can air what they need to.

  • As well as acknowledging the contributions of various team members, the “Owl” category is a subtle way of keeping an eye on team morale and well-being; do the shout-outs reflect an obvious atmosphere of collaboration and gratitude, or is this an area that needs support?

  • This retrospective could inspire your team members to step up and create their own theme-based retrospective founded on their own passions and interests. It could be a great way of introducing different team members to the role of facilitator – after all, if they created the retrospective, they are incredibly well placed to deliver it!

  • Follow up with an action list that you will check off at the start of the next team retro.

How to run a Witches and Warlocks 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.

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