5 Sprint Retrospective Hacks to Have More Fun!

Ruth Hadari
Ruth Hadari
Agile Advocate, Engineering Ops Expert
Posted on
Oct 29, 2020
Updated on
May 23, 2022
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While retrospective meetings are meant to be productive and produce ideas for future sprints, it is important to incorporate an element of fun. Whoever said “all work and no play make Jack a dull boy” was completely right. If your retrospective meetings are full of all work and no play, your team will be dull and bored. Bring some life to the meetings! Spice it up!

Below we will look at 5 fresh ideas to have fun retrospective meetings. The next time you hold a sprint retrospective meeting it will be neither dull nor boring with these tips and tricks to make your meetings fun!

Fresh Retrospective Idea #1:

Play a listening game. Now, this may sound rather elementary, but bear with us. A game like listening bingo (with a prize at the end, of course) where everyone gets a bingo card with keywords, and your team members must cover them up as they  hear them said throughout the meeting. As they get bingo, perhaps they get prizes like candy or office supplies. You can get creative with it and it can really add some fun to a retrospective meeting.

Fresh Retrospective Idea #2:

Make your retrospective meeting into a party! Before you break out the champagne, remember that this is still work, so sticking with soft drinks and snacks is probably better. However, if you’d rather make it into a happy hour type of meeting, then that is completely up to you. People in a party setting feel much more relaxed than when they are in a meeting, so bringing some food and drinks, decorating the room, and even playing some music is a great way to loosen everyone up and get them feeling relaxed. Of course, don’t forget the purpose for which you are there and make sure that you get everything on the agenda done, but have some fun with it!

Fresh Retrospective Idea #3:

Give everyone a turn to run the sprint retrospective meeting. Though you may think that the leader, boss, or whatever you want to call it needs to run the meeting, you maybe mistaken. As long as the team members are given an agenda and know what the focus of the meeting should be, then allowing them to run it with their own style and activities can be a great way to get everyone involved. Be sure to give them plenty of time to prepare beforehand!Fresh Retrospective Idea #4:

Play a warm-up game or do an icebreaker before beginning your meeting. This way you will get everyone loosened up and feeling good before the meeting even begins. Yes, even adults enjoy a fun game every now and then. For suggestions, simply look online. There are hundreds of fun icebreakers that everyone enjoys and that will get your team fired up and ready to plan.

Fresh Retrospective Idea #5:

Host your agile retrospective as if it were a game show. Now, this may take quite a bit of planning, but if you want to jazz up your meetings and get everyone involved and having fun, then create a Jeopardy game or a Price is Right. Get creative with it! This can be an excellent way to wrap up a sprint and get some new, fresh ideas for the next one. Not to mention, everyone will love it!

If you are looking for some hacks to make your retrospective meetings more fun, then these are some great ways to do so, and you can also check out various sprint retrospective formats and ideas. Be sure to involve everyone on your team and ensure that no one is getting singled out or left out. The most important thing is to have some fun sprint retrospectives with your team.

About the author

Ruth Hadari
Agile Advocate, Engineering Ops Expert

Highly experienced in leading multi-organizational teams, groups, in-shore as well as off-shore. The go-to person who is able to simplify the complex. An agile advocate, experienced in all common methodologies. Responsible for the entire software development lifecycle process from development, QA, DevOps, Automation to delivery including overall planning, direction, coordination, execution, implementation, control and completion. Drives execution, and communicates on status, risks, metrics, risk-mitigation and processes across R&D.

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