With this post I continue the series of examples for retrospectives. It describes a solution focussed version that I recently used as a format for a project retrospective (a project that lasted 3 months and 2 teams were working together).
Focus of the retrospective was on the collaboration of both teams during the project.
and foster cross team collaboration. The task was to remember six significant situations from the project (can be
connected to team collaboration but also loosely coupled).
neutral one (ooo) or something to improve (—))
explain it shortly to the whole group.
way to gather the important points and avoid loosing momentum.
in the project.
This way everyone can read through it and the results are accessible and highly visible during the next phases.
have some clarifications and discussions up front. In addition it fosters working together and get to
know each other even better.
the groups work:
- Where will you place the flip charts?
- How can you avoid interruptions?
- Can everyone read the questions for this exercise?
- Where will you display the groups results, so that everyone can follow the presentations and that it is
accessible during the next steps in your retrospective.
positive areas of their team work.
, this entry questions should help the groups to focus on their future collaboration. Asking: “What would you like to have happen?”, places the perspective to the outcome.
Especially when working with teams, problem solving techniques are not longer the way to go. Using solution focused approaches is the
And combined common proposals with some notes, when we had to merge ideas.
supported by the answers on the 4 questions.
Based on Stefan Nowaczynski’s experience using solution oriented reflection instead of feedback (DE) I had the opportunity to reflect on the retrospective format using the following four guiding questions:
- With what are you satisfied the most?
- What was you most useful contribution?
- Based on that learning experience, what will you continue to do?
- Retrospective, what would you do in another way?