A powerful and often minimized event within Agile frameworks (Scrum, Kanban, OpenAgile, etc.) is the Retrospective. This event is critical for the entire agile team to advance and become effective. Plus, if done regularly and creatively, it can inform and change the organization that the team is within.
Plenty of Agile teams do Sprint Retrospectives or some sort of reflection activity at the end of every sprint, cycle or iteration. And this is a wonderful practice to help the team get into a state of innovation (aka a learning mode). Unfortunately, many agile teams or non-agile teams get into a rut. They do the same retrospective activity over and over again. Two such activities seem to be more repeated, including: Pluses & Deltas – where each person identifies things that went well and things that need to be changed, and Mad Sad Glad – where each person identifies things that made them angry, unhappy, or happy.
We must flex our creativity muscles… […]