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.

This Retrospective Exercises Toolbox features:

  • 70 Exercises for your agile retrospectives
  • Public and in-house workshops to get more value out of retrospectives
  • 19 Agile Coaching tools that you can use in retrospectives
  • 18 Online sources for retrospectives exercises
  • 18 Books on agile retrospectives
  • 48 Tools for agile retrospectives

Anything missing? Email me at BenLinders@gmail.com and I’ll add it!

Exercises for Agile Retrospectives

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

Note: I’m an affiliate for some of 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 Self-assessing your Agility – Live Online

    An interactive online workshop where you learn how to assess your agility using gamification and take the next steps on your agile journey: Join me on May 3 for this live online workshop. A one-day workshop for €450. Early bird until February 28: €350. This workshop is part of the March 2021 Agi...

    May 3, 2021 at Online
  • Workshop Facilitating Remote Retrospectives – Live Online

    Learn how you can run remote retrospectives, practice online exercises that involve everyone, and gain insight into psychological safety in distributed retrospectives in the workshop Facilitating Remote Retrospectives on May 4, 2021.

    May 4, 2021 at Online
  • Workshop Develop Better Products with Agile – Live Online

    Learn how to develop better products using agile practices to understand your customers, develop iteratively, deliver faster with better quality, and get valuable feedback on May 6-7, 2021!

    May 6, 2021 - May 7, 2021 at Online
  • Workshop Improving Organizational Agility at XA2021

    I'm giving my workshop Improving Organizational Agility at the Experience Agile week (XA2021) as a three-day online workshop. Book your seat at eXperience Agile.

    October 4, 2021 - October 7, 2021 at Online
  • Improving Organizational Agility – Virtual course

    I’m giving my popular workshop Improving Organizational Agility as an online virtual course on November 18 & 19, 2021, in collaboration with Agile Actors #learning.

    November 18, 2021 - November 19, 2021 at Online
  • 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, November 24-25, 2021!

    November 24, 2021 - November 25, 2021 at Suntec Singapore

In-house workshops

I give private in-house workshops (onsite and online!), 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 out PDF files or select jpeg images, 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:

  • Lino – Sticky notes
  • TeamMood – app for capturing team mood
  • Groupmap – remote brainstorming & feedback
  • Goreflect – Whiteboard style retrospectives
  • Miro – The online collaborative whiteboard platform to bring teams together, anytime, anywhere
  • IdeaBoardz – Collect what went well & didn’t go well
  • EasyRetro – Improve with Fun Sprint Retrospectives
  • Stormboard – Online Brainstorming & Collaboration
  • Scrum Toolkit – Scrum retrospective in distributed teams
  • RetroTool – Free tool for remote retrospectives
  • Retrospectives from SoftwareDevTools – AddOn for Atlassian
  • Scrumile – empowers your teams to be more efficient and effective
  • Parabol – make good teams great
  • Sprintboard – Free retro boards for agile Scrum developers
  • Reetro – Retrospectives made easier
  • Retrospective Poker Cards by Scrummastered / Daria Bagina
  • ScatterSpoke – Improving the way teams improve
  • Dottie – tracks the happiness of your team in just 10 seconds each day
  • bttr – Improve yourself, improve your team
  • RetroBox – Slack app for bias-free and focused agile retrospectives
  • RetroBoard – Premium Retrospectives Your Team Will Love
  • Neatro – Simple retrospective tool for Agile Teams
  • retros.work – Stroomlijn jouw retrospective proces met retros.work
  • Metro Retro – allows teams that are remote or co-located to run productive, engaging and fun retrospectives
  • Jamboard – an interactive whiteboard system developed by Google
  • Realtime Retro – Take retrospectives to the next level
  • Sprintlio – Agile retrospective tool for remote teams
  • Sprint Boards – Retro Boards for Agile Developers
  • RemoteRetro – helps teams turn pain points into progress
  • Teamworki – The way high-performing teams collaborate
  • Outro – A new take on retrospectives for progressive teams
  • Retrospect – Real-time collaboration tool for retrospectives, tasks & ideas
  • Retroly – A fun simple tool for agile retrospectives
  • GoRetro – making the entire retro process seamless, simple, fun, colorful, productive, and unlimited
  • Team O’clock – Lead your remote teams to accelerated agility
  • Retrobot – Effective retrospectives for agile teams
  • Retro.app – An online retrospective tool that will keep your meetings fun, focused, and productive
  • Echometer – uses psychological know-how to help unleash the potential of employees & teams in organizations through team retrospectives
  • Boldare – Retro made faster and easier
  • Retro – Free Online Retrospective Tool by go agile express
  • Scrumlr – Progress is impossible without change
  • TeleRetro – Retrospectives, enhanced
  • Fraankly – Give every team member a voice

Tools that are no longer supported

  • Instant Agenda – to turn your retrospectives into team improvement (shut down Nov 5, 2018)
  • Senseitool – with follow up of actions (Has Sunset on June 1, 2020)

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: April 4, 2021. More exercises will be added, stay tuned and bookmark this page!

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Florina C

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

    1. BenLinders

      Thanks Florina!

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

  2. Jamie

    Hi Ben, would you mind adding Metro Retro (metroretro.io) to the list of Tools for remote/distributed retrospectives?
    Metro Retro is a free real-time retrospective whiteboard, with fun collaboration tools made specifically for the agile retrospective process.

    Thank you!
    Jamie

    1. Ben Linders

      Thanks for reaching out. Metro Retro has been added 🙂

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