I was asked to run a retrospective this week for a team that needed something a little more light hearted. Been a tough kind of month!
Most of the teams in my current client have a distributed element, be it people in another location or flexibility to home work. So I needed to come up with something that would work and be fun!
My scan of the online retro tools was very disappointing, most of them just looked like a trello board with headings of retros from 10 years ago. After 10 years in the business and a highly creative streak I needed something more than these!
So I thought what would be fun, simple, light hearted and something that can be run across sites.
I often use the tool : https://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/index.php to run competitions and thought I could incorporate it some how. So I thought I could create topics on the wheel and then associated questions with it. I want the team to bond and so many of my questions were about getting to know each other.
The tool is funny as it makes a round of applause every time the wheel stops.
Here are the questions I used:
Get To Know You
Something To Improve
Personally I loved it when we had the Russian and the Romanian national anthem sung.
I then finished up the group by getting everyone to say thank you to each other for something that they are grateful for. We often focus on the improvements, but it is important to share the good as well. Gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling inside.
So a very simple and fun retrospective that got everyone in the team buzzing. I certainly know more about them now, and that can only but help team cohesion and fun.
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