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.

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

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

Retrospective Workshops

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

Upcoming public workshops

  • Workshop Making Agile Valuable at CraftConf 2017

    Learn how to apply the agile mindset, principles and practices to increase the value delivered by your people, teams, and organization. More →

    April 25, 2017 at
  • Valuable Agile Retrospectives in Budapest 2017

    Practice retrospective exercises and develop skills to design and lead valuable agile retrospectives in the full day workshop Valuable Agile Retrospectives in Budapest, Hungary. More →

    April 26, 2017 at Budapest
  • Masterclass Improving your Agile and Lean Transformation

    In this masterclass you will experience Agile and Lean practices for teams and stakeholders with advice on how to deploy them and integrate them into your existing processes, and tips and tricks to become more agile and lean. More →

    May 2, 2017 at Vilnius

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.

 +31 6 2901 3863
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@BenLinders
Ben Linders
Ben Linders Consulting
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Last updated: March 24, 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!

  2. Pingback: how_do_we_run_our_first_sprint_retrospective [Focussed Agile / Hans Samios Wiki]

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