Over the past few years I’ve run a Christmas themed retrospective when we reach the final sprint of the year.
This year I’m working across a number of small teams in a program so we had to scale the Christmas retro a little bit.
To start I drew the outline of a Christmas tree on a large whiteboard in the middle of our team area and invited everyone to come up and draw a decoration the tree (using a whiteboard marker).
Once everyone was happy with how the tree looked, we took a few minutes to reflect on the good things we accomplished, learnt and enjoyed as a team throughout 2016. We wrote those thoughts on post-it notes and placed them on the board, in grouped areas. We then asked everyone to share their thoughts.
As it’s the last sprint of the year it’s difficult to take constructive actions that people will follow up next time, so this retrospective is a really good way to reflect on what we’ve achieved over the past 12 months and close out your year as a team.