Wow, Wondering, and Worried Retrospective Idea

Alex Vernik
Alex Vernik
Engineering Ops Specialist
Posted on
Feb 7, 2022
Updated on
Oct 16, 2022
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There are many sprint retrospective ideas that you can do to start meetings off on a good note if you’re not sure how your employees feel about a project or situation that is currently going on. For this article, the topic today will be the wow, wondering, and worried activity for sprint retrospective meetings.

Wow, Wondering, and Worried Activity

If there’s one way to get all your employees on board with a project or situation that you would like to talk about in the meeting, this is a great way to do it. The Wow, wondering, and worried activity creates a retrospective format that allows all your employees to be open about how they feel about the topic on hand at an emotional level. Let’s break each word down so that you can understand how the format of this activity works.


This word represents the question of what went well or is worthy of praise about the project or topic that’s currently going on. This allows for each team member to voice their opinions honestly.


This word brings up the topic of what are some things that the team members are unsure or confused about with the project or topic that is being spoken about.


This word clears up some of the frustrations or disappointments that the team members are having about the project or topic at hand.

As you can see, this retro activity is very straightforward to run, and makes it very easy to participate in. As long as the team members are honest with the opinions that they give for each word, you can figure out a solution pretty quickly that satisfies everyone in the group.

More templates and ideas

Learn more about agile retrospective activities by visiting our retrospective templates gallery.

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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