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How To Make Your Sprint Retrospectives Fun and Productive

Ruth Hadari
Agile Advocate, Engineering Ops Expert
Posted on
Jun 18, 2020
Updated on
Dec 17, 2021
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When running a sprint retrospective, the main goal is, obviously, to be productive. A retrospective is typically held at the end of a sprint to go over how that sprint went and to begin planning for the next. It is a useful tool in ensuring that your team and your company grow and succeed. 

So what is the secret to a good sprint retrospective and what are good retro formats? How can you ensure that your entire team is engaged, participating, and making the most out of this incredibly useful tool? Well, there are some ways to ensure running a fun retrospective meeting, while at the same time productive. Let’s look at these 4 tips to making it a fun and productive retrospective. 

Give everyone a role

But rather than giving them boring, run-of-the-mill roles, try giving them things like “the pep-talker” (someone who can chime when they agree with something or to give a little reassuring word) or “the time keeper” (who can interrupt at any time and tell everyone to move on). This way, everyone plays a part and is engaged and paying attention, all the while holding an important role and keeping things running smoothly.

Play retrospective games

This is always a fun one! Keep your team engaged and motivated by playing games that pertain to your meeting. Team members will have a lot of fun while simultaneously preparing for the next sprint and getting things done. Some options for retrospective games are:

●     Draw the Sprint - Each team member must draw some aspect of the sprint and have other members guess what it means.

●     2 Truths and a Lie - Each team member will make 3 statements about the past sprint. Two of the statements should be true, and one should be a lie. The rest of the team must guess the lie.

●     One Word Retrospective - Each team member must describe how the feel about the past iteration using only one word.

Make it into a party!

Okay, not the type of party where there is loud music and booze flowing. But bring some food and drinks and let people mingle a little before the meeting and after. This way, it doesn’t feel quite as formal and your team will feel comfortable enough to participate in the retrospective and give clear and concise feedback. Making people feel at ease is one of the best ways to ensure that they feel relaxed and ready to engage.

Bring in “Guest Speakers”

This may not seem like it would improve motivation and productivity, but by bringing in people from other branches of the company, or even from other companies to speak at a meeting, the team has a new perspective to listen to.

Create awards

This can be a very fun way to congratulate your team on a job well done. By creating fun awards that show off each team member’s strength, such as “Most Likely to Solve the Bug” or “Quickest Code Maker”, you can keep the morale up and everyone can have a good laugh.

 

If you are looking for ways to engage your team and create a fun atmosphere for retrospective meetings, then these tips are sure to help.

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