Some, I have lavished time on but when you need to pull one together in double quick time, I took the advice of Helen Meek who is the master of the themed retro.
The theme is usually a movie but musicals, sports, bands or TV shows are equally applicable. You can get creative with this and I think pretty much anything goes.
We all want to get actions from our teams so we pose questions about the sprint to help them look back and find those improvements e.g.
- What problems did we encounter?
- What's going to hit us next?
- What went well / not so well?
- What went according to plan?
- What caught us by surprise?
Using the theme, we can cunningly wrap the same questions up to keep the whole thing interesting and unique.
Here is an example:
Happy, Mad, Sad is sooo 1990s! Replace Happy with Joy, Mad with Anger and add Disgust and Fear and you have the main characters from Inside Out:
|What made us happy?|
|What did we find unpleasant?|
|What made us sad?|
|What should we be scared of?|
|What made us loose our temper?|
With a bit of imagination you can pick 3-5 scenes from any film and come up with some questions to get your team thinking here are some examples from "The Internship" (which was an unpopular choice solely due to it's Rotten Tomatoes score, geeks eh?):
|How did we help each other out?|
|What did we get wrong?|
|What can we celebrate about this sprint?|
Google is an obvious place to have a look for scenes from films or you could have a look at film-grab.com to get those ideas going. Here's one that Dan Rushton sent me, which made me chuckle:
|Did we see anything shocking?|
|What was our showstopper?|
|What was the technical challenge?|
|Which of our creations would have turned Mary's stomach?|
|What did not go according to plan?|
Be warned. Some people don't get metaphors. There is no helping these people, believe me I have tried :(
For a masterclass, be sure to visit the many blogs of Miss Meek, enjoy!