Retrospective. New Year’s retro. How to load the team in Christmas mood? / Hebrew

Retrospective. New Year’s retro. How to load the team in Christmas mood? / Hebrew

Hello everyone, this is the second part of articles about ready-made retrospective templates. This article is devoted to the New Year retrospective. New Year, the month of December, gifts, mulled wine, kuchuguri, “Harry Potter”, “Home Alone”, herring under a fur coat.

It is not necessary to list everything, because our retrospective will determine your plans for December, January and February. Yes, this is the pure truth.

The first stage “Warm-up”

Our warm-up is not easy. We’re going to use AI, AI, all the things that we’re all talking about, but we don’t know exactly where we can apply it, unless we’re designers of course.

To create images, I recommend using free services:

Kandinsky 2.0 (bot in tenge)

FusionBrain (Kandinsky with advanced features)

Recraft.ai (The possibility of creating images in the same style)

Three services will definitely not yield as MidjourneyBesides, they are free.

Task: you need to generate 8-10 images of your wish map for three winter months. What would you like to do? Read a book, watch Harry Potter or visit relatives? I think it will be interesting for you as a scrum master to also take part in this warm-up and promise yourself fully!

I recommend taking 20-25 minutes for warm-up. Your colleagues will face several difficulties:

1) What do I want to do in winter?

2) How to write a prompt for creating a picture.

3) I ran out of ideas.

This is where you save the day by generating your wish map in advance (while preparing for the retro) and showing your team that you want to go skiing, write a post on Habr, set the New Year’s table, watch a series, learn JavaScript. Your wish card will be an example and a support.

It is important that the wish map has nothing to do with work, business plans and backlog. Colleagues focus on themselves and their desires. I also advise you to discuss that in three months you will hold a retro with the results of the wish card, whether everyone managed to fulfill everything they set out to do.

After the generation, everyone takes turns talking about the pictures and together you immerse yourself in this Christmas mood 🙂

I share the second warm-up: “What kind of cat are you today?”

It is necessary to generate an image of your mood and approach it with self-irony 🙂

The second stage “Collection and analysis of information”

At the second stage, we move away from the template “What you liked and what you didn’t” to something more interesting, and even shy colleagues will not be able to say no.

The format of information collection is three scales with a point system from 1 to 10

People – how effective were the communications within the team and with those who had to be contacted during the sprint.

Tools – did you like or not the methods of achieving the result, the methods used.

Processes – how effective were the built processes: planning, work on tasks, organizational points.

Each team member puts a sticker of his color opposite the number with which he rated the category (we do not write on these stickers)

After that, you open the previously prepared stickers of the same color and ask the team to describe why they gave such a rating.

Sticker data is hidden.

The technique with ready-made categories is very useful in a team, if colleagues cannot formulate what specifically brings discomfort and in which direction to move to improve the team’s work.

For convenience, ask colleagues to duplicate the points on the stickers where they write their comments.

Colleagues can write something like this from experience:

  • People – everything is the same as usual;

  • Technologies are old;

  • processes of average efficiency;

Another example:

  • People – connections within the team do not seem to be supported;

  • Technology is ok, but you can try something new;

  • Processes – processes need to be adjusted now;

As you can see without comments, there is no way to understand what exactly the author means. It is necessary to discuss each sticker and make sure that the understanding is correct.

After everyone writes down their thoughts on why they rated the categories the way they did, we start voicing those thoughts and smoothly move into the “Finding solutions and generating ideas” stage.

At this point, everyone joins the discussion and offers solutions, ways to increase the score for each category. You need to clearly define what you can influence and what can only be smoothed over.

Colleagues can offer the following ideas:

  • People: organize team activities to strengthen relationships, conduct trainings on communication and effective interaction, brainstorming on interaction within the team.

  • Technologies: research new tools and technologies, train the team on their use, implement process automation to improve work efficiency. (Is it possible to implement new technologies or only improve the old ones, because the permission to use the company’s technologies.)

  • Processes: conduct an audit of current processes and identify bottlenecks, optimize planning and allocation of tasks, implement project management techniques for more effective control and organization of work.

We use a beautiful deer to send our ideas to the next sprint!

After discussion and generation of ideas, the team proceeds to develop a concrete plan of action. Here it is important to determine what steps will be taken to solve the identified problems and achieve the set goals.

At this stage, the team shares its experience and best practices that can help solve problems and achieve goals. It is important to create an atmosphere of open discussion and support so that each team member can contribute.

Colleagues can share the following experiences and practices:

  • People: talk about methods that help strengthen team spirit and interaction, share experience of successful conflict resolution in a team.

  • Technologies: Discuss effective tools and techniques that have helped improve development processes and achieve project goals.

  • Processes: share the experience of implementing and using various project management methods, talk about the most successful changes in the organization of work processes.

After developing an action plan, the team proceeds to the evaluation and selection of the most appropriate solution to solve the problems and achieve the set goals. Here it is important to take into account the opinion of each participant and make a decision based on general agreement.

At this stage, the team evaluates the results of the retrospective and gives feedback. Here you can use images of different sizes to show the satisfaction level of the team.

Colleagues can use the following gift images:

  • Small size of the gift: if the retrospective was not liked or completely thought out.

  • Average gift size: If the team feels heard, there are some imperfections or misunderstandings.

  • Large gift size: If the retrospective is completely satisfactory to the team and everything has been thought through and discussed.

This approach will help the team understand how successful the retrospective was and what points need to be improved in the future.

As a result, conducting a retrospective using ready-made templates and a wish map allows the team to more effectively analyze the past period, find ways to improve and develop, as well as create an atmosphere of open discussion and support. This helps the team to become more coherent and efficient in their work.

An overview of the entire retrospective. Retrospective map.

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