To catalyze conversations among team members and to bring back the efficacy of the retrospectives, these meetings need to be viewed from a different perspective. Teams need to do out-of-box thinking and appreciate that these short gatherings need not to be done only by using the techniques or methods prescribed in the book but could be done by quoting some situational specific examples and case studies that would make the teams really think and speak!

I will be sharing some techniques that I have created in the subsequent posts that can be used for gathering data in the retrospectives (Gather Data step), the intent of coming up with this tool kit is to generate a thought process among the readers to come up with their own situational specific ways for holding these meetings. Teams could pick the appropriate technique that suits them given the situation they are posed with or can come up with their own method. Here the facilitator needs to be observant of the previous sprint and pick the suitable technique that would help the team inspect and adapt their sprint.

Every technique will have the following format:

  1. Situation: When can the technique be used?
  2. Name and Description: Details about the technique.
  3. Instructions: How to use the technique?
  4. Materials required: Supplies needed to run the retrospective.