(This post is by guest blogger, Kenny Barnes.)
For our latest retrospective, I created a jeopardy board using JeopardyLabs – Online Jeopardy Template. I used a mix of Agile related categories (Scrum, Agile), items related to the team [Working Agreements, Sprint (more details below)] and something the team is really passionate about (Star Wars). It took about an hour and a half to come up with the questions/answers and setup the board.
To play the game, the team drew numbers and broke up into two teams. The teams then took turns picking a category and amount. If the team picking didn’t know the answer, the other team had an opportunity to answer and take the points. We ended with a final jeopardy question related to Star Wars that saw one team answer correctly for the win.
Now you might be asking yourself, well this is cool but how did you come up with an action plan or discuss any team issues? Well the Sprint category took care of this. The “answers” in this category had both teams, regardless of who selected it, come up with things that worked well, didn’t work well, wins to celebrate, etc. Each team had two to three minutes to come up with the answer to these questions. We then had each team give their answers and we discussed them. The $400 selection was what do you want to try this next sprint. We had a great discussion and came up with our action plan.
The team really enjoyed playing the game and the change of pace it offered. They definitely want to do it again next quarter.