Time to bring out your teams' inner artist. 'Draw your sprint' engages the right brain thinkers and will surface thoughts and feelings in a fresh, creative and visual way. You’ll be asking the team to draw their previous sprint (or chunk of time) and share with the group, sparking plenty of discussion and contrasting viewpoints.
'Draw your sprint' works particularly well when you have quieter members of the team that may be less vocal in group settings. It allows them the chance to reflect internally and get those thoughts down before sharing with the team, which can be really powerful for truly understanding their position.
The 'object’ to be drawn can be mixed up - for this example we will ask the team to draw a car, but this would also work with airplanes, houses, pets, cocktails, holiday destinations or whatever your mind can think up.
And remember - this retrospective works just as well with remote teams!
Asking questions may be helpful to get the team to unpack some of the more complex issues that have been raised, or they may be directed at members of the group who’ve had less of a chance to speak. Here are some easy examples:“What is the real issue here?”Great for getting straight to the root of a discussion, especially if the team are going round in circles over a theme.“Is there anything else here that we haven’t covered?”Helps make sure everyone has contributed. Also good for moving a repetitive conversation along.“What advice would you give to another team in this situation?”Enables the team to step out of the picture and look in with a fresh perspective. Helps draw out positive learnings.“Has anyone got a different view on this?”Gives those who maybe don’t agree with the current conversation an opportunity to speak up.“Is there anyone who hasn’t spoken on this theme yet that would like to contribute?”Offers an opportunity for the quieter members of the team to speak.
Getting ‘actions’ from a sprint retrospective shouldn’t be the goal, but learnings should crop up quite naturally. Once the teams' perfect car has been drawn and discussed, you could ask:"What would we need to do within this team that would take us from where we are currently, to the perfect car scenario we’ve drawn together?"This is a great way to draw the conversation to a positive conclusion and it may naturally provoke a handful of ‘actions’ for the team to takeaway.It’s helpful to separate ‘internal’ actions from ‘external’ actions - the best thing we can do is take ownership of that which we can control, so try and focus on what is within the teams' control.It’s important that you let the team come up with their ‘actions’ and take responsibility for them. A great coach brings awareness and prompts responsibility; this way, the team will feel like they own their actions and are far more likely to follow through.