My team likes using the following pairing to help invoke a more collaborative session:
– Give a quick overview of the history of strange art, perhaps highlighting Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Vincent Van Gogh – or any other artist you want to discuss. You can also show pictures that can be interpreted in 2 different ways, and are both correct based on the perception of the person looking at the image (google: candlestick or two faces, for an example).
– Pick teams. You can do this by random draw (put everyone’s name in a pile of folded paper), or you can “create” teams on the fly, by pairing people up of your choosing. Teams of 2 or 3 team members are often the most optimal size. But you can make them bigger if necessary. You can have 5 or 6 drawings per session to review.
Any less than that, and you might not be highlighting enough about your sprint.
– Tell teams they can draw ANYTHING related to a challenge, improvement, gripe, observation, or item they would like to have changed about the most sprint or release. Teams are permitted to present up to two drawings, per each team. As teams finish, tell them to fold their paper so people do not get distracted by craning their neck to see what everyone has drawn. There will be laughter. Lots of it. Throughout these 10 minutes.
– Go one team at a time, and allow them to present their drawing(s) to the group. The rest of the team NOPT presenting the drawing, must guess what the picture represents within the context of the sprint. The Scrum Master (or Facilitator) will write down ideas on a wall as teams begin guessing. These topics will become the list of things the team will vote on at the end. Spend about 5 min per drawing to get ideas about what it is. If someone guesses the correct meaning, the team presenting the drawing may acknowledge the correct answer has been given. If after 5 minutes no one has guessed the correct meaning, the team will share what they drawing represents.
– After all drawings have been presented, and all guesses have been shared, tally up the guesses and look for themes. People will often guess issues, challenges or improvements they would like to see addressed, so it’s a good way to get a mix of ideas that can be used as a manner to collect votes at the end of the session. If people draw the same item, you may not need to collect a bunch of other ideas – as a theme may be obvious. But it ́s always fun to collect guesses – and SAVE the pictures. Other teams will hear about this, and will want to see the drawings.
– Close out the retrospective with votes on what the team would like to see changed. Whether you quickly come up with a solution at the end of the retro, or whether problem identification is the end goal you strive for (with experiments to be run the next sprint), is entirely up to you.
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