Box of the Future – retrospective

box of the future - retrospective
box of the future - retrospective

Let’s look a less popular retrospective but really interesting: Box of the future. This retrospective is classic in substance but different in form. It may interest you to change formats.

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Required material for box of the future

For this retrospective, it is necessary to have specific materials:

  • post’it notes (red, green and blue),
  • have a large window or a board available to draw
  • red colored markers
  • a shoe box
  • a pair of scissors

The overall time to plan is 40 minutes.

All steps

A little less known in the world of retrospectives, I find that this retrospective changes the form in the way of doing it but don’t disturbs the teams. Indeed, it uses the most popular concepts of the scrum retrospective.


The Scrum Master will create his box of the future with his shoe box. He will cut out the cover to make the 3 compartments within the box and make 3 panels to draw the following indicators: +, recycle, STOP.

The Scrum Master will draw on the board or on craft paper on the wall 3 separate areas. He will write a title in each zone: +, recycle, and STOP:


boite du futur

Step 1 of like in box of the future

The Scrum Master will give 5 minutes at the participants to fill in the post’it (in the corresponding color) what they think is still positive in the team (+), what they think that the team can improve in the team (recycles), what they think that the team should stop (stop). The post’it will be put in the box in the correct compartment.

Duration: 10 minutes

Step 2 of like in box of the future

Each member of the team will take a post-it note from the box one after the other, starting by the + compartment, then recycle and finishing by STOP. The members will discuss around each post’it written.

Duration: 15 minutes

Step 3 of like in box of the future

Then the Scrum Master will suggest that participants take 5 minutes to write axis of improvement on the post’it knowing that they will only be able to put one idea per post’it.

Thus, all participants will have 5 minutes to briefly explain them.

Duration: 10 minutes

Step 4 of like in box of the future

The participants will make a Dot Voting to define the 3 main axis of improvement on which the team will work during the next sprint. These are represented by the “idea” part at the bottom right of the learning matrix.

The scrum master will not forget to ask participants to choose a volunteer to be responsible for monitoring the implementation of these 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 after the end of the retrospective.

Duration: 10 minutes

Conclusion box of the future

It is imperative to always change the formats of the retrospectives in order to avoid a certain monotony. This format will allow you to offer a retrospective that is different but very classic in its objectives.

Useful link: retrospective in french

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Judicaël Paquet (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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