· 4 min read ·
Sailboat Retrospective is one of the most visual and fun agile retrospectives. And that’s what makes it very popular. Though it comes with one caveat. You need to be an experienced sailor to participate in it. Lol I’m just kidding 🤣 . You don’t need to be a sailor or skier or anything else to participate in a sailboat retrospective. All you need is the willingness to share, learn and grow with your team. And who wouldn’t want that.
Sailboat is a metaphor for your team. And all the passengers in the sailboat are the members of the team. Imagine your team is participating in a treasure hunt and needs to reach an island in the final challenge. It is bound to meet the following along the way:
The island is the destination where you want your team and product to go. Is everyone on the “same boat” when it comes to the final destination ( see what I did there 🤣 🤣 ). One of the unique things about the sailboat agile retrospective is that it asks people to spell out what they think the goal of the sprint was. You’d be surprised how many different goals you will see. Examples of goals are:
As you can see everyone might have something different in mind when you talk to them about the goal for the sprint!
Anchors slow down the speed of the sailboat. These are things that will slow your team down during the sprint. It could be something that occurred once or kept happening again and again. Sharing them in the retrospective enables you to help prevent them from happening in the future. Some examples of Anchors that we have seen in agile retrospective sprint are:
Winds helps increase the speed of the sailboat and help it reach the island faster. What were the things in your agile sprint that made the team go faster? Let’s look at some of the examples:
Have you seen Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean? If yes, then I don’t need to explain what icebergs and pirates do to ships..lol. If not then let me explain. They destroy ships and cause irreparable damage. As a result you never reach the island ☹️ . Goodbye vacation👋. Let’s look at some examples of icebergs that you will come across in your agile sprint retrospective:
It’s good to bask in the glory of your laurels. Lie on the deck and get a nice tan 🤣 🤣 . Sunshine is everything you felt good about in your sprint retrospective meetings. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate all the hard work that the team has been doing to meet its goals. Some examples of Sunshine agile retrospective are:
These make up the different elements of the agile sprint Sailboat retrospective .
Now that we know what the different elements of the sailboat sprint retrospective are let’s briefly look at how to run it:
Do you know what makes sailboat agile retrospectives even more fun? Ya you guessed it right ! Icebreakers !!!
These are questions that you ask the group at the start of the agile sprint retrospective meeting. It helps everyone get comfortable with speaking in the group, share a few laughs and get to know each other a bit better. Here are some examples:
We have compiled a list of over 300 icebreakers questions for you to pick from. Enjoy 🚀