Retrospective #6: Jeopardy

jeopardy retrospective
jeopardy retrospective

The Jeopardy retrospective is a very popular retrospective because it allows you to completely change the format. If this retrospective have this name, it’s because it took its concept of the famous game show from the same name.

And for those who don’t know this 60s game show, here is the concept. From the answers, three candidates must find the corresponding question to the answers. Simple concept that we will use in the form of retrospective.


jeopardy rétrospective
jeopardy retrospective

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Required material for Jeopardy

For the Jeopardy, you will need to prepare the following equipment:

  • post-it
  • a white board or large sheets post’it (paper board)
  • erasable markers

The overall time to plan is 30 minutes.



The Scrum Master doesn’t need to prepare this ceremony; he will just have to make sure that the material is present. However, it would even be possible to do this retrospective without equipment but it would be less pleasant for the participants.

All steps

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

Step 1: The Scrum Master will allow participants to take 5 minutes to write an answer on a yellow post’it and 1 question (related to the answer) on a pink post’it. Each participant will be able to make several post’it but will have to make a pink post’it for each yellow post’it.

The question will concern problems encountered either personally or by the team.

When the questions / answers are completed, participants will stick their answers on the board (the question must remain secret).

Step 2: On the second phase, the participants will have to find the question for the first answer (except the one who asked the answer). The scrum master will note all the questions of the participants.

When the participants don’t find any more questions, the one who put the answer will come with the post’it of the question while saying it aloud.

We will do this until there are no more answers.

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

Step 4: The Scrum Master will purpose to make a dot voting to vote the 3 main areas of improvement that will be put into action from the beginning of the next sprint.

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



Conclusion : Jeopardy

Very different, this retrospective offers an innovative and original format that will radically change the format. Don’t hesitate to animate it within your teams.

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Judicaël Paquet (agile coach and senior devops) My Engagements in France and Switzerland: - Crafting Agile Transformation Strategies - Tailored Agile Training Programs - Raising Awareness and Coaching for Managers - Assessing Agile Maturity and Situational Analysis - Agile Coaching for Teams, Organizations, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, and Agile Coaches Areas of Expertise: Scrum, Kanban, Management 3.0, Scalability, Lean Startup, Agile Methodology.

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