I use this exercise every time I want to collect feedback from a session that I ran. Of course, in this program we are talking about Agile Retrospectives so you can use this exercise when you want to close your Agile Retrospective and you are interested in getting feedback from your participants.
One of the biggest advantages of this exercise is that people do not need to speak, this is especially good with teams of introverted people. Many times people tell me that is very hard for them as facilitators to get people to give feedback or even speak. But one thing that I found out: when you ask them to write their opinions, they are very imaginative.
But one thing that I found out: when you ask them to write their opinions, they are very imaginative.
So if you think about this, this exercise is great to use with any team, but I believe its exercise is especially good if you have an introverted team. They will feel comfortable with writing their true feedback giving you the opportunity to improve for the next session.
To do this exercise the only thing you need is a Flipchart, post-its for each team member and markers.
Draw on a graphic with two axis on the Flipchart.
• Axis X: Value
• Axis Y: Fun
Split the graphic in 4 different parts:
• Boring/No Value
• Boring/Great Value
• A Lot of Fun/No Value
• A Lot of Fun/Great Value
After having the graphic on the Flipchart simply ask your team members to think where they would like to put their vote. Give them some minutes to think about it. When they are done, ask them to write the reason on a post-it why the chose that quadrant.
This part is very important because it is what will give you the “feedback” that you can use for your next session.
It does not really matter if they spent a great time and they got great value. If you do not know what made the session a great success, this is why you ask people to write the reasons on a Flipchart.
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