The Sailboat is a picture template that uses a sailing boat metaphor to help a team visualise their goal and how they get there.
Keeping a goal in sight
When a team is veering off-course
The Sailboat is one of our favourite retrospective formats. Imagine you're on a boat, the wind whistling through your hair, heading to a distant island...
The Sailboat retro asks the team to pretend they are on a boat travelling through the sea. The wind, rocks and anchor are metaphors for things that help or hinder the team, while the island represents the goal.
As well as being a retrospective template, you can run this session at the beginning of a project to help a team define their goals.
The 4 Ls is a popular four-panel retrospective that asks teams to feedback on the positives and negatives of a particular topic or activity.
Four-panel retrospective with alternative categories of Drop, Add, Keep and Remove.