I enjoy running and facilitating retrospectives - I think it’s a good way to dig into larger problems that tend to get lost in the day to day of scrums and deadlines and work. I’ve found a few nice ways to run retros - especially when some of the team is remote - this is a great tool for real time writing of issues, voting on them, etc: http://funretro.github.io/distributed/
I’ve tried a few formats, like the wedding retro, which is cheesy but fun:
Something Old - Positive feedback or constructive criticism on established practice
Something New - Positive feedback or constructive criticism on experiments in progress
Something Borrowed - Tool/idea from another team, the Web or yourself for a potential experiment
Something Blue - Any blocker or source of sadness
I’ve used this tool to come up with ideas as well: https://plans-for-retrospectives.com/en/
I’m considering trying to get testsphere involved in future retrospectives somehow - not sure how but I think the feelings and risks cards might be a good shout - maybe matching feelings to risks or something.
Lets talk about retrospectives! What do you like/not like about them, how do you do yours, etc.