Tell A Story Sprint Retrospective Format

Alex Vernik
Engineering Ops Specialist
Posted on
Jul 19, 2021
Updated on
May 23, 2022
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Starting a new project? Using the Tell A Story sprint retrospective format is the best way to get things rolling!

What is Tell A Story?

Tell A Story is a sprint retrospective format in which team members have five minutes to write 100 words about the project that was just presented to them. Additionally, the meeting facilitator can include shaping words that members must use in their story to keep it more focused.

Afterward, each member shares their writing, and everyone can discuss common themes. These common themes allow the facilitator to easily shape action items to delegate the project better without any issues.

When Should Tell a Story to Be Used?

This retrospective format is great when a new project is introduced to the team. This format allows the team to work together and figure out how they will approach this project. Additionally, it allows the team to go through their unfiltered thoughts and make sure that they understood them.

What Makes This Format Great?

This format is a great way for the facilitator to know if the team has understood a concept or project, and it allows you to get a project presented and immediately get the team working on common themes that everyone has thought of. Additionally, this is a great format to get a team to brainstorm (like ice breaker questions) if they are not comfortable around each other.


About the author

Alex Vernik
Engineering Ops Specialist

Engineering leader, passionate about coding products and value creation. Vast experience with managing R&D teams at various scales. Embracing innovation and transformation for constant improvement.

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