Who’s your hero? What treasure are you seeking? What dangers await you?
They’re an essential part of running an Agile project, but I’ve found any type of project can benefit from these check-ins — especially if you introduce new ideas to keep the sessions engaging.
The standard retro
The aim is to find out what went well, what could have gone better and to define next steps.
The simplest way to do this is to:
- Gather the team together for 30 mins to and hour.
- As a team, think about what’s happened on the project since the last retro.
- Ask everyone to write down everything that went well and everything that could have been improved on post-its.
- Group together the post-its and discuss them as a group.
- Finally, decide next steps and make sure each action has an owner.
As well as looking back, sometimes it’s more useful to look forward to what’s coming up in the next phase of the project.