What is the Aussie Rules (AFL) Retrospective?
Our Aussie Rules retro is an interactive sprint retrospective idea inspired by the Australian Football League’s (March to September) season.
Based on the football played in English public schools, Australian rules football harks back to the 1850s and was developed with Australia’s unique conditions in mind. Originally only played in the state of Victoria, it quickly grew in popularity and now, the AFL Grand final is the most recognised annual sporting event in Australia.
The Aussie Rules retrospective is a great example of a fun sprint retrospective for distributed teams as it shows how templates can be used to acknowledge the interests of your team without sacrificing productivity, focus or purpose.
The Aussie Rules retrospective draws upon key elements of the event to shape a lens through which your team can view their last sprint.
The Aussie Rules Retrospective Format
Premiership Cup – This is the product or outcome your team is striving to deliver; having a clear and shared view of the final prize helps keen the team motivated and focussed.
Goals – These are the achievements, key outcomes and “winning” moments that happened during the last sprint, and could be the result of individual effort or that of the team. Perhaps a key target or goal was reached, a surprise victory delivered, or just a moment that deserves a high five.
Tackles – These are the obstacles, roadblocks or matters out of the team’s control that have hindered the delivery of value. While these may not be the most positive aspects of the sprint to explore, discussing them helps to identify support, share learnings and shape suggestions that will support the team in the future.
Brownlow Nomination – These are the team members who stand out when a difficult or strenuous task needs to be completed. They may have delivered long-term effort that made the last sprint much easier for the team, or they may be a great ‘team player’. Who has been performing well throughout your workplace’s “season”?
This style of retrospective can be used when your team is having trouble completing a task. Having the ability to see what has been slowing you down and what you have achieved despite this, can be helpful in providing confidence when trying to complete a difficult task.