The Weather Report Retrospective helps a team reflect by reporting on the stormy (disruptive) and sunny (easy) weather conditions they faced, how it affected them, and how they adapted to changing conditions.
Reflecting on adverse conditions
In a sprint retrospective
The Weather Report retrospective is a reflective exercise asking a team to report on the sprint's "climate", and how they adapted to turbulent storms or took advantage of easier conditions.
When the weather has been stormy, unpredictable and violent, you can feel off balance and overwhelmed. But it is during these moments that the team must band together, make adjustments, and navigate through the chaos with determination and skill.
Conversely, when the weather has been fair and the skies clear, it can be tempting to relax and enjoy the warmth, but it's important to ask if the team has been truly challenged to grow and develop during that time.
By reflecting on the conditions they have faced, the team can learn to adapt, adjust, and be prepared for whatever weather conditions may arise in the future.
First the team add their points to the four weather sections:
And after completing these sections the team are asked how they responded to each type of weather condition:
Then the team identify where they could have handled events better or use opportunities to develop. From this they devise actions or experiments to better prepare for next time.
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