Retrospective #2: The 3 little pigs

3 litlle pigs
3 litlle pigs

The retrospective of the 3 little pigs is an interesting retrospective that allows to work on 3 distinct axes: instability, lack of solidity and what is solid. Seeing many requests around different retrospectives, I decided to propose an article on this one.

If we are in a retrospective rather simple, it has the distinction of working on axes poorly represented in retrospective. This makes it possible to look for axis of improvement from a slightly different view.

 

 

Material required for the 3 little pigs

For the 3 little pigs, you will have to prepare the following equipment:

  • post-it
  • a white board or large sheets post’it (paper board)
  • erasable markers
  • prints representing the 3 types of houses: straw, wood and brick

The overall time to plan is 30 minutes.

 

Preparation

The Scrum Master will draw on the board or on kraft paper on the wall, 3 separate columns. At the top of each column, we can put the printed papers of houses from left to right: a straw house, a wooden house and a brick house.

Here is an example of completed preparation:

 

board les 3 petits cochons
board the 3 little pigs

Progress

Here are the different steps to follow to complete this new retrospective.

Step 1: The Scrum Master will allow participants to take 5 minutes to fill some post’it to explain what they think is very unstable within the team currently (house straw column), what they think still missing a bit of solidity (wooden house column) and what they think being very solid currently (brick house column).

Step 2: On the second phase, the scrum master will take 10 minutes to read what all the members have put on the board; in case of doubt, the person who wrote the post’it will be able to share his idea in a few words.

The scrum master will also benefit at this time to gather the post’it who talk about the same idea together to improve the readability of different ideas raised by the team.

Step 3: he will purpose to the participants to take 5 minutes to note improvement points on post’it; they must put one idea per post’it.

Step 4: The scrum master will purpose to make a dot voting to vote the 3 main axis of improvement that the team will handle at the beginning of the next sprint.

It will not forget to ask participants to choose a volunteer to be responsible to follow each axis of improvement. It’s important to remember that it’s essential to empower people to ensure that the axis of improvement will not be forgotten at the end of the retrospective.

 

Conclusion : the 3 little pigs

Different, this retrospective offers a format close to the great classics but original on the axes of reflection. Don’t hesitate to animate it within your teams.

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Judicaël package (agile coach and senior devops) My activities in France and Switzerland: - agile transformation architect - customized agile training - sensitization and manager coaching - agile maturity audits and situations - agile coaching (teams, orga, product owner, scrum master, agile coach) Specialties: scrum, kanban, management 3.0, scalability, lean startup, agile method.

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