Retrospective Exercises Toolbox

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retrospective exercises toolboxYou can use this retrospective exercises toolbox to design your own valuable agile retrospectives.

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.

Safety Check
Secret Box
Core Qualities
Asking Questions
Project Retros
Independent Facilitator
1-word Retro
Practical/Personal Actions
Get Actions Done
Retrium Tool
Perfection Game
Beyond Team
Faces Jack Sparrow
Golden Rules
Remote Retros
Multi Customers
Open Space
Fly High
Vital Few Actions
Things Going Well
Warm up
Team Kudos
5 Times Why
Business Value
Negative Issues
Less is More
Cruciale Dialogen
Sail boat futurespective
Solution Focused
Classify Retros
1 Woord
Going Well Retro
Action Radiator
Asking Why?
Start with Why

Making your Agile Retrospectives more valuable

Do you want to spice up your agile retrospective? Attend my workshops on Valuable Agile Retrospectives or Increasing Organizational Agility with Retrospectives to learn how to adopt agile retrospectives and become agile in an agile way!

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 to many languages, see translated editions.

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

  • Lino– Sticky notes
  • NikoNiko– Capture team mood
  • Retrium– different retrospective exercises
  • Senseitool– with follow up of actions
  • Groupmap– remote brainstorming & feedback
  • Goreflect– Whiteboard style retrospectives
  • Realtime Board – Visual collaboration platform
  • 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
  • Weave – Collaboration platform with serious games
  • RetroTool – Free tool for remote retospectives

Retrospective Workshops

I give public workshops where you can learn different retrospective exercises and practice your facilitation skills:

Upcoming public workshops

  • Agile Greece Summit 2017 & Workshops in Athens

    In conjunction with Agile Greece I'm giving in-house workshops in Athens on Getting More out of Agile and Lean in the week when the summit takes place. More →

    September 21, 2017 - September 23, 2017 at

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!

Need help?

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

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Ben Linders
Ben Linders Consulting
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Last updated: June 9, 2017. More exercises will follow, stay tuned!

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3 Responses to Retrospective Exercises Toolbox

  1. Florina C says:

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

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