This fun retrospective is based on a popular 80s video game. There's an element of chance, a little skill, and lots of opportunity for celebrating successes and identifying team improvement points.
1. Make the DIY Tetris Game from Handmade Charlotte. I used a glue stick to back it with cardstock, but that is not necessary.
2. Sticky notes and pens, of course!
3. A pouch, envelope, basket - anything to put the pieces in so that they can be drawn out randomly.
1. On a white board or other display, put up the following categories:
1. The first team member closes their eyes and chooses a piece at random, then places it on the board. Based on the color of the playing piece, the team member writes on a sticky note and places it on the board using the following categories. Feel free to change them to make them more applicable to your team.:
Green: Things that went well
Yellow: Things that were good, but could have been better
Red: Road blocks
Orange: Things that were fun
Blue: Things we did to help others
Aqua: Things others did to help us
If a team member can't think of any one item to go in the category that matched their piece, they can choose to put two items in any of the other categories.
2. Each subsequent person draws a piece, and places it on the grid, fitting in with the other pieces.
3. When no more pieces can be fit in, the focus turns to the board. Each team member can vote for up to three board items that they think are the top priority for the team to address.
4. Discuss based on the priorities, and identify any actionable items.