Some Thoughtful Retrospective Questions
I’ve used relatively standard Agile Retrospective questions to great success over my career:
- What’s one word that best describes this sprint? (one per person)
- What were the positive aspects of this sprint that we’d like to persist?
- What were the deltas we’d like to change?
- How can we change our behavior, process, or definition of done to address the above?
- What actions can we take (with volunteered date commitments from one or more individuals) to address the above?
- And the most important “Big Daddy” that we should ask ourselves constantly… Why? Repeat that one another four times…
While this is a nice base, I’ve been looking for other questions to ask. Here’s several that I liked from Ben Linder’s blog, Sharing My Experience:
- What still puzzles us?
- What helps you to be successful as a team?
- How did you do it?
- Where and when did it go wrong in this sprint?
- What do you expect, from who?
- Which tools or techniques proved to be useful? Which not?
- What is you biggest impediment?
- If you could change 1 thing, what would it be?
- What caused the problems that you had in this sprint?
Here are some nice why examples:
- Why did you do it like this?
- Why did this (or didn’t this) work for you?
- Why do you consider something to be important?
- Why do you feel this way?
- Why did you decide to work together on this?
From Debategraph, I liked “What don’t we know yet?”
Are there other questions you like to ask during retrospectives?
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