Care Bears retrospective – retrospective #13

care bears retrospective
care bears retrospective

Today, I wanted to offer you a retrospective format that I find very interesting and quite different from the others: the Care Bears retrospective. This retrospective is unique because it encourages constructive criticism through humor and also allows the scrum master to assess the team’s coherence.

Feel free to explore our other retrospective formats on our dedicated page: Our retrospectives

Required Materials for the Care Bears Retrospective

For this retrospective, you won’t need a lot of materials:

  • Sticky notes
  • Pens

The total time required is 40 minutes.

Retrospective Steps

Here are the different steps to follow for this unique retrospective. The facilitation of this retrospective is relatively straightforward.

Step 1 of the Care Bears Retrospective

Each participant will write down the aspect of the sprint that just ended that they found most challenging. Once everyone has finished writing their sticky note, they will exchange notes with another participant (for example, each participant gives their sticky note to the person on their right).

Duration: 5 minutes

Step 2 of the Care Bears Retrospective

Now, each participant will have to talk about the sticky note they received. They should discuss it in a positive, light-hearted way, using humor to address the issues. Usually, participants end up laughing as they use satire to describe the challenges. However, the other participants must be able to understand the underlying problem within their speech.

Duration: 10 minutes

Step 3 of the Care Bears Retrospective

Participants will take a moment to define the areas of improvement that can address the various pain points discussed earlier.

Duration: 10 minutes

Step 4 of the Care Bears Retrospective

The participants will conduct a Dot Voting to determine the top 3 areas of improvement on which the team will focus during the next sprint.

The scrum master should also remind the participants to choose a volunteer who will be responsible for monitoring the implementation of these improvement areas. It’s essential to empower someone to ensure that these areas of improvement are not forgotten after the retrospective.

Duration: 10 minutes

Conclusion: Care Bears Retrospective

In conclusion, the Care Bears retrospective is a truly enjoyable experience that maintains a positive atmosphere. This format encourages team members to discuss pain points while keeping a pleasant context. Don’t hesitate to try the Care Bears retrospective and let me know if your participants enjoyed this format.

Useful Link: Retrospective in French

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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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