If you’ve read our blog post X-treme T-shaping In Scrum Teams you’ll know the story of how a scrum team successfully completed a mini-sprint, and delivered +65% increase in velocity by not doing their own jobs! For such a special sprint, a unique sprint retrospective was required. One that provoked team empathy. To enable team members to truly reflect on what they had learnt and share their appreciation for one another. This retrospective does exactly that.
Reflective Portrait is designed to explore team empathy and understanding between members who perform different roles, strengthen their relationships as well as support personal development.
You will ask the team to reflect back on what they learnt during their T-shaping session (or sprints where they worked particularly close with one/a few other team members), potential improvements they have uncovered, what surprised them about other member’s roles, as well as provide recommendations for each other.
Reflective portrait template for the individual part – learnt and change.
Reflective portrait template for the collaborative part – surprised and recommended added.
Whilst the team are busy giving feedback to each other, prepare another piece of paper with a portrait of the team in the middle, and the same 4 quarters on the page – Learn, Change, Surprised, Recommend.
The Reflective Portrait retrospective in action, where the team uncovered some powerful learnings and demonstrated team empathy.
“What is one thing that you would now do differently in your day to day at work?”It is important for each member of the team to have one key takeaway that they can implement or focus on in their day to day.
“What advice would you give yourself at the beginning of the T-shaping session?”Now that the team members have experienced a proper T-shaping sessions, what would they advise themselves to make this session more effective?
“Why is empathy important in our work, and why do you think it is hard for us to put ourselves in other peoples positions?”It is good for the team to voice if anything holds them back from showing empathy, and how this can be addressed.
This is a unique and creative retrospective, one that will demonstrate new levels of team empathy and admiration, whilst providing powerful learnings for ways of working. The team should come away feeling stronger as a unit, but also have some actions they’d like to put in place going forward.
Let us know you get along on socials, or drop us a line with your experience using this Agile retrospective activity.
Kat's background in eCommerce and marketing enables her to bring unique perspective and digital knowhow. Working for various multinational enterprises/industries has developed her drive to better understand what people want, develop what's right for them and deliver this in an effective way.
Kat thrives in environments that promote collaboration and trust, and has experienced firsthand the positive impact of Agile working on people and products. By making these tools readily available, she wants everyone to have the freedom to lead, innovate and achieve what they set out to achieve.
SUPERPOWERS | Turning stats into actions. Super focus. Breaking into song.
KRYPTONITE | Forecasting with no context. Drupal UI. Poor poker face.
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