An ongoing project is like an ongoing road trip. While some part of the road would be smooth and well marked, there may be a sudden pothole, a speed breaker or an unexpected diversion that may slow you down. So the question here is what would you do to manage your road trip better?

Name and Description-  Highway Drive

High way drive

This retrospective technique uses a “driving-on-a-high way” as a metaphor. The metaphor is that the team has started on for a team outing, traveled some distance, and is yet to travel more to reach the outing spot. Based on the journey so far, ask the team to identify enablers/blockers/threats so that as a team they can decide how to continue the rest of the journey.

The idea here is that the team is going on an outing on a high-way and has travelled some distance. Part of the high way is really smooth, with all sign boards, indictors, very promising for the team to reach their outing spot. However there were some small ditches on the high way that could slow down the journey (impediments)., but they can still move on towards the outing spot. There could be some major road-blocks like whole in the middle of the road that needs to be addresses immediately; else team would not be able to move forward, some unforeseen risks like a dead-end that could stop them from reaching the goal.

So for the team to have a good drive on the high way, what are the

i. Driving forces (sign boards, indicators on the road etc) that will help them reach their goal.,

ii. Blockers (small pits on the road side) that are slowing them down.

iii. Big impediments that need escalations (huge whole in the middle of the road), are holding them back from moving forward,

iv. Threats (dead-ends) and risks


The facilitator draws a large picture of a high way as shown above with sign boards, pits and dead-ends that would enable the teams to visualize the analogy. Ask your team to think of the project in progress as a road trip and identify:

1. The enablers (sign boards, fuel etc.) of a successful, smooth journey and suggest ideas to maintain or create those enablers.
2. The blockers (small pits on the road side) that are slowing them down.
3. Big impediments that need escalations (complete road cave-in) and are holding them back from moving forward.
4. Threats (dead-ends) and risks