Retrospective Exercises Toolbox

retrospective exercises toolboxAgile 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.

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

1-word Retro
Fly High
Core Qualities
Secret Box
Retrium Tool
Get Actions Done
Perfection Game
Asking Questions
Business Value
Negative Issues
Action Radiator
Multi Customers
Safety Check
Open Space
Vital Few Actions
5 Times Why
Golden Rules
Project Retros
Things Going Well
Classify Retros
Asking Why?
Team Kudos
Remote Retros
Solution Focused


Want to learn more about doing valuable agile retrospectives?

Valuable Agile Retrospectives Cover 200 - 300The 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 “what” and “why” 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 some other sources for agile retrospective exercises:

Tools for remote/distributed retrospectives

Making your Agile Retrospectives more valuable

Do you want to spice up your agile retrospective? Attend one of my workshops on Valuable Agile Retrospectives to learn how to adopt agile retrospectives and become agile in an agile way!

Feel free to contact me to learn more about this and other ways to improve your agile retrospectives to get more value from doing them.

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Ben Linders
Ben Linders Advies
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Last updated: September 27, 2016. More exercises will follow, stay tuned!

2 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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