I need to faciliate a retrospective for a bunch of product owners. I have a couple of ideas of how to run it but I would really like to get some input and ideas.
Each product owner who is attending currently works with a different development team but they also work together when it comes to prioritising and developing work before it gets divided up between the development teams.
The challenge here is to find a topic that keeps all the parties interesting, therefore I'd focus on product owner best practices and common pitfalls and avoid everything that is related to specific team.
In the data gathering phase you can ask for X number of best practices they use, let them share with the group, group them into categories, vote on the categories, and discuss the top 3.
I think it all depends on the desired outcomes and the expected temperature of the session. Here are a few recommendations:
Do it differently than how you do a retro with a full team. Anything
can be retro'd, but standard retros with teams are different than
what this sounds like.
Find out how they feel about the overall output (quality and quantity), based on their experience. Do not attack with your own,
listening is key. Based on the results, dig in to understand their
experience and expectations. Set specific follow-ups to work towards
shared expectations and understandings.
Find out how they feel about the amount of time spent on planning vs throughout the iteration/sprint. If there was a lot of time spent
with the team throughout, this is typically a sign of insufficient
planning. If that's the case, was it due to a lack of diligence or
potentially (dare I say) a lack of preparation going into it.