A variation on The Speed Car retrospective that adds a future-facing section to create a hybrid retrospective / futurespective.
Evaluating past and future work
Approaching a deadline
The Speed Car and the Abyss retrospective exercise is a variation of the popular Speedcar retrospective technique that combines looking back at past performance with a forward-looking view on future risks and opportunities.
In this exercise, the team uses a metaphor of a speed car driving towards a target or goal. The exercise is split into two sections: the speed car (past performance) and the abyss (upcoming risks).
The first part of the exercise, the speed car, is used to reflect on the team's recent performance and identify what worked well and what could be improved. The team discusses the factors that helped them to move closer to their goal (the engine) and any obstacles or challenges that slowed their progress (the parachute).
The second part of the exercise, the abyss and the bridge, is focused on identifying potential future risks and challenges that may arise as the team moves forward towards their goal. The team discusses these risks and collaboratively identifies strategies and solutions for mitigating them.
The Speed Car and the Abyss retrospective exercise is a useful tool for agile teams to reflect on their past performance, identify areas for improvement, and proactively plan for potential risks and challenges that may arise in the future.
This exercise can also be used as an alternative to the SWOT analysis exercise.