What is the Starfish retrospective exercise?
A breakdown of the Stafish retrospective exercise
While the ideal scenario is to do each topic one by one, you can also open it up so that people can add ideas under any of the sections when they are ready. You can then discuss them in the above order.
How to run a Starfish retrospective in TeamRetro
Start your Stafish retrospective with a click
Log into TeamRetro and choose the Starfish Retrospective template.
Ideas and tips for your Starfish retrospective exercise
- Set the stage. Let people know that the objective of the retrospective is to focus on actionable items and refining current practice and activity.
- There might be ideas where there are differences of perception. For example one person might decide that they want more meetings and another might want less. Using dot voting by the team will allow the team to help build consensus. It will also important to further discuss and to resolve any conflict so that a clear action item can be carried forward.
- Getting team buy in to the changes is important. By allowing them to brainstorm, vote and discuss is a great start. A good technique to help crystalise the change is to ask the team what would stop them from putting these changes into place.
- A neat way to gauge the overall health of the project is to look at the number of items under each of the topics.
- A thank you goes a long way. Give a shout out to the team at the end of the meeting.