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.

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

Making your Agile Retrospectives more valuable

Do you want to spice up your agile retrospective?I give public workshops where you can learn different retrospective exercises and practice your facilitation skills:

Public workshops

  • Workshop Getting more out of Agile and Lean in Prague

    Are you interested in learning practices for teams and their stakeholders to develop the right products, deliver faster, increase quality, and create happy high performing teams? Come to my workshop Getting more out of Agile and Lean in Prague on September 11!

    September 11, 2018 at Aguarra Training Center Kladno
  • Workshop Valuable Agile Retrospectives in Prague

    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 in Prague on September 12! 

    September 12, 2018 at Aguarra Training Center Kladno
  • Making Agile Work for You at Agile Greece Summit 2018

    For the fourth time in a row, I'm returning to Athens to give a workshop "Making Agile Work for You" in conjunction with the Agile Greece Summit. Early bird ticket sales has started!

    September 19, 2018 at Athens
  • Improving Organizational Agility at GOTO Berlin 2018

    Learn how to apply agile throughout your organization to develop the right products, deliver faster with better quality, and improve organizational agility at GOTO Berlin 2018!

    October 30, 2018 at bcc
  • Agile in the City Bristol 2018

    I will be giving a mini-workshop at Agile in the City Bristol 2018 on retrospecting your retrospectives. November 7-9, 2018.

    November 7, 2018 - November 9, 2018 at M Shed

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.

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
  • Instant Agenda – to turn your retrospectives into team improvement

Other tools:

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: July 29, 2018. 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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