What is the Witches and Warlocks Retrospective?
Witches and Warlocks is a great example of a fun sprint retrospective for distributed teams for two reasons.
Firstly, like many of our retrospectives, this theme-based retrospective has been deliberately crafted to position team members to adopt an optimistic view of the sprint; that’s not to say the less successful elements are overlooked – far from it!
Secondly, it’s a sprint retrospective idea that shows creativity and fun bring value to a project, and can be embraced without sacrificing productivity, focus or purpose.
Everyone is given the opportunity to call out challenges by identifying what they wish to “transform” with the “Magic Wand”, followed by the chance to itemize their aims and team goals with the “The Perfect Spell”. These help to foster conversations that are solution focussed. (What could we transform this into? How could we achieve that? What would we need? What value would this deliver?).
Witches and Warlocks Retrospective Format
Participants are asked what they loved about the last sprint (no matter how big or how small). This could be a reflection of the participants’ interactions with others, resources that made a difference, perception of the success achieved – the list goes on.
Participants get to call out what they’d like to transform; to identify what isn’t working and what could be improved or changed.
The Perfect Spell
Participants have the chance to define what the team should aim for. This is the chance to suggest solutions, and set goals for the next sprint.
Who wouldn’t want a crystal ball? This is the chance to consider the broader context and what people predict or see happening in the future and how it might impact their work or happiness?
This is a platform for shout-outs; to acknowledge effort, creative ideas, bravery and support. This is a chance for participants to demonstrate their appreciation of the team values while appreciating each other.