A simple and effective futurospective sequence
Below is a sequence of activities for a one-hour meeting for a small group of people that wanted to take look at the past (a retro perspective) and plan for the future (a future perspective).
I have used a few activities from FunRetrospectives.com. Below I share the sequence as well as a template for Mural and for the FunRetro app for the respective remote activities.
Let´s take look at the past (a retro perspective) and plan for the future (a future perspective). Consider the period from X months ago and going up to 202X.
I have selected the futurospective prime directive:
The Futurospective Prime Directive
‘Hope and confidence come from proper involvement and a willingness to predict the unpredictable. We will fully engage on this opportunity to unite around an inclusive vision, and join hands in constructing a shared future.’
Paulo Caroli and TC Caetano from the FunRetrospectives book.
I have used ´the Ball asks´ activity to get everyone started (and to share a few laughs).
I decided to go without a check-in activity.
Main course (futurospective)
I have selected the Speed Car – Abyss activity.
is a forward-thinking exercise, with an eye on the past. It is a mix of retrospective and futurespective, which uncovers risks and actions.
Step by Step:
- Let’s start by looking back. Please, write notes and place them on the following two areas on the left side of the drawing: engine and parachute.
- Group notes and debate
- Now, let’s look ahead at the near future. Please, write notes and place them on the following two areas on the right side of the drawing: abyss and bridge.
- Group notes and debate
Below is an image from a FunRetro board, ready for the Speed Car – Abyss activity, ready for the remote meeting.
Below is an image from a Mural board, prepared for this meeting.
Check-out activity – Following Up on Action Items
Following Up on Action Items is used for organizing an action item list. Lack of accountability for action items is a common complaint about retrospectives. This activity provides a simple and direct way to follow up on previously identified items.
During the Speed car abyss activity some action items were identified.
In this check-out activity the group decided on the owners and due dates for these action items.
Below is an image from a FunRetro board, ready for the Following up on Action Items remote activity.
Below is an image from a Mural board, ready for this activity.
Please find below a template from Mural.
FunRetro – Speed Car – Abyss by MURAL
Open to create a mural from this template in your workspace. Powered by MURAL
All activities on the FunRetrospectives.com have a ´Start Now´ button that creates the respective remote board. Once you have selected one activity, go to the summary page and add the other activities – typically energizer, check-in and check-out — and your full board is ready.
Btw, the FunRetro newest feature — organize your retrospectives by teams — has been receiving lots of complements.