If the last sprint felt like 10 rounds in the ring, use this boxing-themed retrospective to review the highlights.
Highlighting ups and downs
After a sprint
The Boxing Ring retrospective pits your team in the ring against a worthy opponent: your previous sprint. Now recovering from the fight – victorious or not – the retrospective asks you to review the highlights and lowlights of the sprint - what went well and what went badly.
The template is made up of an icebreaker to get the team loosened up, follows with the main event (the retro), and ends with the team deciding actions for the next sprint.
Start the retrospective with a short icebreaker. Ask the team to pick a name for our boxer in the blue corner, and our opponent in the red corner. E.g. Sir Boxalot and Mr K.Nockdown:
The retrospective is split into two sections - our boxer in blue (what went well) and the opponent in red (what went badly).
Questions to ask the team about our boxer:
Questions to ask about the opponent:
As with any retrospective, there will be things that can be improved. Use the last part of the session to brainstorm actions and experiments to try in the next sprint - does the team need more time in the gym, or should they schedule the next big fight?
You can also use this template as a Futurespective - change the questions asked of the team to forward-looking questions:
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