The Starfish is a picture template where each arm of the starfish represents a category for team feedback and ideas.
In the middle of a project
Wow, a retrospective with more than four categories.
This format is similar to Open the Box; it directly encourages change. However, the sliding scale of the categories encourage the team to think about making incremental changes over blunt ones. There will be a lot to talk about with five categories! Expect this retrospective to take a little more time than usual.
Plus, who doesn't love this fella? Look at his happy face.
(Note, we don't actually know the gender of this starfish - but it turns out the starfish genders can be interesting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfish#Life_cycle)
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.