retrospective exercises toolboxDesign 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.

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

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 commision.

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

  • Lean and Agile ME Summit 2019

    I will be doing a session at the Lean and Agile ME Summit 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on March 13. Topic to be announced.

    March 13, 2019 at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort
  • 2019

    I will be giving a session at, the conference for experienced agilists in London, on March 21 and 22, 2019.

    March 21, 2019 - March 22, 2019 at DoubleTree Hilton Westminster
  • Workshop Increasing Agility with Retrospectives at ACE!

    I'm giving my workshop Increasing Agility with Retrospectives at the ACE! conference on May 22 in Krakow, Poland. 

    May 22, 2019 at Studio Coworking
  • Agility Workshop: Leveraging the benefits of Retrospectives

    I'm giving a full day Agility Workshop - Leveraging the benefits of Retrospectives at DevOps Conference 2019 Berlin on June 14, 2019.

    June 14, 2019 at Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin

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:

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
  • 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 commision.

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

Last updated: January 6, 2019. More exercises will follow, stay tuned!

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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