I'm going to be organizing the retro (Scrum) and I would like to get more experience on it. I have assisted to some and have organized some as well, but the format always seems to be

| What went wrong            | What worked
          ---                     ---
| What should continue doing | What should we stop doing

I will like to do something else or another format, but I'm not knowledgeable enough on the subject to know how to proceed.

TL;DR: I will like to get feedback from my team during a the retrospective in a way that it's fun, engaging and productive.

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    You can take a look at my Retrospectives Exercises Toolbox at benlinders.com/exercises/- it provides exercises, ideas, books, and tools to help you defining formats for your retrospectives.
    – BenLinders
    May 18, 2019 at 14:10
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    I would strongly recommend "Agile Retrospectives" by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen. May 18, 2019 at 14:20
  • great resources from all. Thanks for the help. I would mark as "correct" @Jo Silverton's anwser cause that's the only one under "Answers" except if anyone has any objections ?
    – intercoder
    May 21, 2019 at 11:14

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There are a lot of different options for retrospectives depending on what you want to get out of them. The book Agile Retrospectives by Diana Larsen and Esther Darby is a great place to look.

I also highly recommend looking at Retromat for ideas.

As a final piece of advice, I would consider using the 5-stage retrospective talked about in both of those two resources. While it may feel a little over-structured and take a little longer, it ensures that the format of the retro is solidly geared towards valuable outcomes.


The Spotify Squad Health Check model is quite interesting (here), and provides a list of topics that could be used as 'deep dives' if you wanted to vary the content of retrospectives, by focusing on a specific topic every now and then. We've used this to conduct a survey of all our technical staff on our existing projects, to find out areas that we should be concentrating on, and where the most painpoints lie.

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