retrospective exercises toolbox

Design your own Valuable Agile Retrospectives with the retrospective exercises toolbox

Agile Retrospectives are a great way for teams to continuously improve their way of working. Getting actions out of a retrospective that are doable, and getting them done, helps teams to learn and improve continuously.

Teams use retrospective exercises within agile frameworks like Scrum, Lean, SAFe, XP, DAD, LeSS, Nexus or Kanban to find the vital few improvement actions. Deploying suitable exercises helps teams to get more business value out of agile retrospectives.

Exercises for Agile Retrospectives

Agile Self-assessments
Cruciale Dialogen
Faces Jack Sparrow
Action Radiator
Multi Customers
Business Value
Self-Assessment
Vital Few Actions
Retrospective Smells
Sail boat futurespective
Self-assessing Your Agility
Two Truths and a Lie
Solution Focused
Extreme Pairing
Manifesto Questions
Independent Facilitator
Classify Retros
Agile Zelfevaluatie
Angel's Advocate
Improve Quality
Impediment Cards
Start Spice-up Stop
Constellation
Remote Retros
Futurespective
Zeilboot Kapitein
Negative Issues
Agile Self-assessment Game
Quality Coaching Cards
Project Retros
Retrospectives Bingo
Core Qualities
Things Going Well
Get Actions Done
Stop the Line
Asking Questions
Practical/Personal Actions
Awesome Products
Going Well Retro
Perfection Game
Start with Why

Note: I’m an affiliate for the tools included in this toolbox, if you visit their website via the above links and sign up then I will receive a commission.

Making your Agile Retrospectives more valuable

Do you want to spice up your agile retrospective? I give public and in-house workshops where you can learn different retrospective exercises and practice your facilitation skills:

Public workshops

  • Workshop Delivering Value with Agile in Serbia (on request)

    Delivering Value with Agile Training is a two-day training where you will learn how to apply agile throughout the organization to improve organizational agility.

    January 1, 2020 at Puzzle Software
  • Aginext.io 2020

    I'm returning to Aginext.io to explore how the future of agile can look. Join me in my futurespective on software development in 2040.

    March 19, 2020 - March 20, 2020 at DoubleTree Hilton Westminster
  • Agile Workshop Valuable Retrospectives for Teams at DevOpsCon Singapore

    Learn new exercises for your agile retrospectives, find out how to create a safe environment, and improve your facilitation skills in the workshop Valuable Agile Retrospectives for Teams at DevOpsCon Singapore, March 25, 2020!

    March 25, 2020 at Suntec Singapore

In-house workshops

I give private in-house workshops, which I tailor to the specific situation and needs of your company. These workshops help teams and organizations to increase their effectiveness and agility and to deliver more value. Contact me to discuss the possibilities!

More exercises for your Agile Retrospectives

Valuable Agile Retrospectives Cover 200 - 300The successful book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises written by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders contains many exercises that you can use to facilitate retrospectives, supported with the “why”, “what” and “how” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they can bring you, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives is available as ebook and paperback. This book is has been translated into many languages, see translated editions.

Agile Retrospective Tools

In my webshop, I provide books and tools that you can use in your retrospectives and that can help you to improve your facilitation skills:

Download these tools from my webshop, print them, and get started to make your agile retrospectives more valuable!

Sources of Retrospective Exercises

Besides this Retrospective Exercises Toolbox and Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives there are many other sources for agile retrospective exercises:

Books with Retrospective Tips and Exercises

Tools for remote/distributed retrospectives

Partner/sponsored tools:

  • Retrium– run effective retrospectives with Retrium
  • Weave – Collaboration platform with serious games
  • TeamRetro – Agile retrospectives made easy, effective, and engaging

Note: I’m an affiliate for the above tools, if you visit their website via the above links and sign up then I will receive a commission.

Other tools:

Tools that are no longer supported

  • Instant Agenda – to turn your retrospectives into team improvement (shut down Nov 5, 2018)

Need help?

Feel free to contact me to learn how to improve your agile retrospectives to get more value from doing them.

 +31 6 2901 3863
 info@benlinders.com
@BenLinders
Ben Linders
Ben Linders Consulting
Icons-mini-icon_home Tilburg, The Netherlands

Last updated: June 16, 2019. More exercises will follow, stay tuned!

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Great idea to improve and mame the retrospective a fresh and valuable session!

    1. Thanks Florina!

      I’m interested to hear which exercises you used and how they worked out. Can you let me know?

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