Use this retrospective brainstorm board with your team at the close of one sprint before the team begins the next sprint.
A retrospective typically consists of asking the team to brainstorm answers to the following four questions:
- What went well?
- What could have gone better?
- What do we want to try next? (start something new, or drop something that we don’t think is necessary)
- What questions do we have?
Once the team brainstorms and records answers to the above questions, they can be prioritized, grouped, and discussed. Changes to the way the team works together or how they interact with management or their customer can then be decided and implemented as part of the next sprint.
The retrospective is also a time to celebrate the closing of the last sprint as a team accomplishment. It’s a great time to come together in a positive way to build trust and rapport amongst the team members.
The retrospective is an opportunity to review the team’s accuracy in meeting the last sprint’s goals. Were all User Stories completed? If not, what did we learn? Do we need to change something to get better at estimating Story Points? Can we challenge ourselves to complete more Story Points next Sprint?