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

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

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

  • Mini-workshop Retrospecting your Retrospectives at eXperience Agile 2020

    The mini-workshop Retrospecting your Retrospectives at eXperience Agile 2020 provides you with ideas to debug your agile retrospectives, find out why they aren't working and learn how to spice them up and bring the energy back in the team.

    September 29, 2020 - September 30, 2020 at Oriente Museum
  • Agile Tour London 2020

    I'm returning to Agile Tour London to do a mini-workshop titled How Agile are You? Join me to play the Agile Self-assessment Game online on October 21, 2020.

    October 21, 2020 - October 23, 2020 at Online
  • Workshop Problem Solving with Agile Thinking and Practices at Agile Testing Days 2020

    Find out how you can handle impediments effectively and faster and practice your problem-solving skills in my workshop Problem Solving with Agile Thinking and Practices at Agile Testing Days 2020.

    November 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm CET at Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam
  • Agile Testing Days 2020

    I'm returning to Agile Testing Days to do the mini-workshop Share and Learn with the Agile Testing Coaching Cards. I'm also doing a full-day workshop Problem Solving with Agile Thinking and Practices on November 9.

    November 10, 2020 - November 12, 2020 at Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam
  • Continuous Improvement in Remote and Distributed Teams – Virtual Course

    Join my workshop Continuous Improvement in Remote and Distributed Teams as an online virtual course on November 19 and 20, 2020, in collaboration with Agile Actors #learning.

    November 19, 2020 - November 20, 2020 at Online
  • Agile Workshop Valuable Retrospectives for Teams at DevOpsCon Singapore (postponed to 2021) [Sold Out]

    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!

    September 1, 2021 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:

  • Lino – Sticky notes
  • TeamMood – app for capturing team mood
  • Senseitool – with follow up of actions – Will Sunset on June 1, 2020
  • 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
  • FunRetro – Collect input with a customizable board
  • 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
  • – Stroomlijn jouw retrospective proces met
  • Metro Retro – allows teams that are remote or co-located to run productive, engaging and fun retrospectives.

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
Ben Linders
Ben Linders Consulting
Icons-mini-icon_home Tilburg, The Netherlands

Last updated: August 16, 2020. More exercises will follow, stay tuned!

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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 ( 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!

    1. Ben Linders

      Thanks for reaching out. Metro Retro has been added 🙂

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