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. It combines backward and forward-looking elements that ask a team to assess what is holding them back and pushing them forward towards their goal. The wind, rocks and anchor are metaphors for things that help or hinder the team, while the island represents the goal.
You can also run this session at the beginning of a project to help a team define their goals.
Time needed: 60-75 minutes
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.