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We are going to Ted Lasso this Retrospective!

Katerina Schadrin May 23, 2024

Discover how a positive mindset inspired by Ted Lasso can revolutionize your Agile retrospectives.

In the world of Agile and Scrum, retrospectives are essential for continuous improvement.

Drawing inspiration from Ted Lasso’s optimism and focus on team growth, we can transform our retrospectives to be more effective and engaging.

Recently, we had an incredible live video session with Richard Cheng, founder of Agility Prime Solutions and Scrum Master Trainer, where we explored innovative methods to elevate your Agile retrospectives.

Here’s a comprehensive look at the transformative techniques discussed:

The Importance of Positivity

Ted Lasso’s approach emphasizes the power of positivity. In retrospectives, this means focusing not only on what went wrong but also on what went right and how the team can build on those successes.

Key points to consider:

- Celebrate Successes: Start by acknowledging what the team did well. This boosts morale and sets a positive tone for the rest of the retrospective.

- Constructive Feedback: Frame feedback in a constructive rather than critical way. Encourage team members to suggest improvements rather than just pointing out problems.

Effective Retrospective Techniques

1. Good and Better
- Good: Identify and discuss the aspects of the sprint that went well, such as completed tasks, effective communication, or successful collaboration.
- Better: Focus on areas that could be improved. Aim to find constructive ways to enhance team performance in future sprints.

2. Kudos Retro 🌟
- Celebrate team successes and acknowledge individual contributions to boost morale and set a positive tone.

3. Marie Kondo 🧹
- Declutter your processes by keeping what works and discarding what doesn’t, inspired by the KonMari method.

4. Baseball Retro ⚾
- Use baseball metaphors to discuss hits, runs, and errors, making retrospectives engaging and relatable.

5. Appreciation Retro 💖
- Focus on gratitude and positive feedback to strengthen team bonds and foster a supportive environment.

6. De Bono’s Thinking Hats 🎩
- Role-play with different "hats" representing various perspectives. This method encourages diverse viewpoints and dynamic discussions.

To successfully implement these techniques:

- Preparation: Ensure that the retrospective is well-facilitated. The facilitator should explain the chosen technique and set a positive tone.

- Engagement: Encourage all team members to participate actively. Diverse input leads to more comprehensive insights and solutions.

- Actionable Outcomes: Focus on generating specific, actionable items that the team can implement in the next sprint. Track these actions to ensure follow-through and continuous improvement.

Watch the full session and start making your retrospectives more impactful and engaging today!



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Shannon Gagliardi May 23, 2024

What a great way to compare to something relative and positive.

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M May 23, 2024

This is great! More on De Bono's Thinking Hats here.


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