The purpose of this retrospective is to get only positive cards!
This post will talk about the “gathering data” part of the retrospective described in Esther Derby & Diana Larsen book "Agile Retrospectives" . Feel free to use any exercise of the book for other retrospective steps.
- Ask each team member to write cards with things that happened well during the sprint and things that didn’t go so well.
- For each negative card, ask people to find a positive thing about it, and make it a new card. Ask people to write on a new card an idea of improvement associated with the previous card.
- Draw two colums on the paperboard: [Went Well] | [Improvements]
- Ask people to present only positive cards and idea for improvement!
Example: “During this sprint, I’ve been annoyed to commit because our tests take time to run. Right! Our software is covered by a lot of test, which is good! So I would like to work on reducing this execution time. Do we have too many functional tests? Not enough unit tests?”
- Boost teams
- Realize that things are less worse that what they thought the first time
So feel free to use this exercise and please, give me your feedback!