15 Types of Ideas for Sprint Retrospective Formats
There are so many Sprint retrospective meeting formats to choose from. Let’s look at the different sprint retrospective ideas and types and talk a little about each.
Start-Stop-Continue Sprint Retrospective
The Start-Stop-Continue Sprint Retro is oriented around action and encourages team members to collaborate and come up with ideas for team improvement. The structure of these meetings is broken up into three parts including start (what they should start doing in next sprint), stop (stop doing), and continue (what they should continue doing).
What Went Well? What Didn’t Go Well? Retrospective Format
What went well - what didn't go well agile retrospective format focuses on the team’s strengths and weaknesses and can be used to figure out a plan of action according to what works and what doesn’t. Two posters are put up and each team member writes down things that went well and didn’t go well and they are then put onto the coordinating poster. The team discusses each one.
Mad-Sad-Glad Sprint Retro
The Mad-Sad-Glad sprint retrospective idea encourages team members to look at their emotional journey throughout the previous sprint by listing things that perhaps made them mad or irritated them, things that disappointed or upset them, and things that made them happy during the project. It is a great way to focus on the perspective of the development team as a whole.
Quick Sprint Retrospective Format
Like the name clearly suggests, the Quick Sprint Retrospective is a way to quickly dive in and gain insights on the previous sprint, covering: what was good, what was bad, ideas forward, and actions needed.
A simple and straightforward way to ease your team into running sprint retrospectives...and hopefully for it to become a team habit.
Three Little Pigs Retrospective Format
The Three Little Pigs Sprint Retrospective takes a queue from the story we've all grown up with :) It is a cool way to gain team insight covering instability, lack of solidity, and what is truly solid...like the different houses in the tale.
Lean Coffee Retrospective
The Lean Coffee agile retrospective format is structured but does not include an agenda because the members of the meeting build an agenda at the beginning. This is a good way to do things because it ensures everyone is on the same page and that all topics that team members want to cover will be covered. Team members come up with ideas about the topics they want to cover, vote (perhaps using a dot vote) on the priority of the topics, and then discuss.
Sailboat Sprint Retrospective
The Sailboat retrospective format is a simple and creative retro idea. A sailboat is drawn with its sails, its anchor, some rocks, some clouds, and a few islands. The anchor is everything that slows the team down or holds them back. The clouds and wind represent everything that is helping them move forward. The islands represent future goals and visions. The rocks represent risks they might have to take to reach those island goals. It is a nice, visual way to break things down.
DAKI Sprint Retro Idea
The DAKI Retrospective helps see the different team members' perspectives on various behaviors, patterns, and activities they handle. This is done thanks to a discussion of the items that should be Dropped, Added, Kept, or Improved.
It is aimed for reflection, to get the team on the same page, and re-focus all on the goal/s.
4Ls Agile Retrospective
The 4Ls sprint retrospective idea includes the 4Ls - Liked, Learned, Lacked, and Longed for. The team is given the opportunity to share things under each of these categories from the previous sprint.
Oscar Academy Awards Retro Format
Oscar Academy Awards agile retrospective is exactly what it sounds like. Team members are nominated for different awards such as communication, leadership, etc. Also, stories are nominated and voted on for best story, worst story, etc. This is a good way to motivate the team to keep doing a great job.
Iteration Agile Retrospective Idea
The Iteration retrospective format involves reviewing the past sprint both quantitatively and qualitatively. By looking at both things, the team is able to decide what worked and what didn’t, as well as come up with realistic goals and actions for the next sprint.
Starfish Retrospective Format
The Starfish Retrospective idea helps reflect on the previous sprint with structured categories to be discussed and covered, including Keep, Stop, Start, Less, and More.
Remote Retrospective Idea
The Remote Sprint Retrospective idea is simply a format that is available remotely so that teams can meet no matter where they are!
Good, Bad, Ideas, Action Retrospective Format
The Good, Bad, Ideas, Action Sprint Retrospective is an easy way to go over the previous sprint and what went well (or hasn't) as well as come up with real ideas and actions to be used in the following sprint.
KALM Retrospective Format
The KALM Sprint Retrospective Format is used to moderate conversations between dev team members or what is being done and its actual value overall; are goals being achieved? The team covers the following categories: Keep, Add, Less, and More.
Choosing the right format for your team is important. In the next article, we will talk about how to choose the retrospective format that is perfect for you and your team.