Please find below a sequence of activities for the last retrospective for an agile team that worked on a programme for more than one year. The retrospective was for 1 and ½ hour; 12 participants. On this post, I also share a Mural template I used for facilitating it.

1. Context

This is the last retrospective for this amazing team. We have worked together for more than one year. Let’s take the time to reflect about it, share a few things before saying “thank you” and “see you soon”

2. Prime directive

I copied/pasted the team building prime directive and added one final sentence to it, about everyone departing.

Prime Directive: ‘Cooperation is the act of working with others and acting together to accomplish a job. Team is a partnership of unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. We depart as better individuals than when we arrived.’

3. Who we are

I used this activity for three reasons:
a. Everyone could get familiar with the visual collaboration tool (Mural); I could make sure everyone had access to it and knew the basic for creating virtual post-its.
b. Each person selected an individual post-it color for the retrospective (this was needed for the next activities to follow)
c. To define an order for people to follow (clockwise)

This activity is the only one that is not on FunRetrospectives.com, but it is needed for the facilitating the remote meeting efficiently.

Instructions:

Let’s add our names to the board and define a sequence.
1. Please add your name in the circle, around the clock image.
2. Select an unique posts-it color for your card

 

Below is a sample result for this activity.

 

4. The Peaks and Valleys timeline

The Peaks and Valleys timeline provides a simple visual language for sharing individual’s views on the ups and downs for a given timeline. It is an effective way for a large group to visualize and uncover events and its interconnections.

1. Invite a participant to draw his/her Peaks and Valley timeline. Please select the same color as the post-it color with your name. Starting on the beginning of the timeline, and keeping the marker on the canvas the whole time. Please share your Peaks and Valley timeline. You should do so by drawing the line and speaking at the same time.
2. Invite more participants to draw their timeline (one at a time).

At the end of this activity the whole group will have a view of several Peaks and valley timelines. It is a good activity for getting the participants to open up for further conversation.

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Below is a sample result for this activity.

 

5. FLAP (adapted)

Let’s use the following quadrants for self-reflection and for sharing with each other. Using your pots-it color, please write down and share with us:

  • Future directions: your future directions
  • Lessons Learned: the key lessons and takeaways you are taking from this period
  • Accomplishments: the key accomplishments you were part of
  • Thank you: thank you messages for your teammates

This is similar to the FLAP activity, but I changed from Problem area to Thank you.

6. Empathy snap on big hitter moments

This is a great activity that gets the participants guessing each other best moments.
1. Each team member should think about his/her best moment while working on this team.
2. Write it on a local notepad
3. Now, go back to the clock from activity 3 — Who we are –, and guess the best moment for the person next to you (clockwise)
4. Write it on a local notepad
5. Start at 12 o’clock
6. Ask the 12 o’clock person to guess the big hitter moment for the next person
7. Then, the named person reads out what his/her big hitter actually was.
8. If there is a match, then should do a virtual SNAP! Also, write the names of both participants on the board
9. The exercise continues until all team members have read out their best moments

The steps above are from the Empathy snap on big hitter moments , adapted for remote teams.

7. One word before leaving

The One word before leaving is a check out activity used to verify the feelings before closing the retrospective. Typically it is a great moment for people sharing their feelings, especially when they have had great enthusiasm from the retrospective.

1. Ask the participants to describe their feeling (before they leave the room) in one word
2. Ask if someone wants to share more about their selected word Please share with us –in one word—how you are feeling now, at the end of this retrospective.

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Remote retrospective

I used FunRetrospectives.com for selecting activities and thinking about the agenda. I used Mural as the visual collaboration tool.

Please find below the mural template for these activities’ combination.

Final Retrospective Template I by MURAL

Open to create a mural from this template in your workspace. Powered by MURAL