Retrospectives

Retro - What x Why

Retrospectives, or retro for short, are an extremely common aspect of the agile process that you will likely encounter on the job. Typically, they occur at the end of each sprint to answer the following questions:

  • What went well during the sprint?
  • What could be improved?
  • What do you want to commit to improve/change during the next sprint

Since projects at Turing are shorter than the sprints you will encounter on the job, we want you to practice your retro skills after each week of a project.

In this module, we will practice working on different retro formats to give you additional perspective on what works best for you/your group!

Week 2 Retro Format

Week 2 Retro

On a piece of chart paper, create the following columns:

  • Start - What should the team start doing in the next week of the project?
  • Stop - What should the team stop doing in the next week of the project?
  • Continue - What should the team continue doing in the next week of the project?

Using sticky notes, jot down your thoughts on how the past week of the project went and place them in the appropriate part of the chart.

Week 3 Retro Format

Week 3 Retro

On a piece of chart paper, create the following columns:

  • Liked - What did the team like about the last week?
  • Learned - What did the team learn during the last week? NOTE: This should be non-technical.
  • Lacked - What did the team lack over the last week?
  • Longed For - What did the team long for/want during the last week?

Using sticky notes, jot down your thoughts on how the past week of the project went and place them in the appropriate part of the chart.

Week 4 Retro Format

Week 4 Retro

On a piece of chart paper, create the following columns:

  • Mad - What made the team mad/frustrated over the last week?
  • Glad - What made the team glad over the last week?
  • Sad - What made the team sad over the last week?

Using sticky notes, jot down your thoughts on how the past week of the project went and place them in the appropriate part of the chart.

Week 5 Retro Format

On a piece of chart paper, create the following columns:

  • 👍 - What went well during the last week?
  • 👎 - What didn’t go well during the last week?
  • 🧠 - What did you learn over the last week?
  • ❓ - What still leaves you puzzled from last week?

Using sticky notes, jot down your thoughts on how the past week of the project went and place them in the appropriate part of the chart.

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