What is the Hopes and Fears Retrospective?
They say that sharing is caring, and in this retrospective template the team will share their hopes and fears for an upcoming project or sprint.
The goal of this approach is two-fold.
The first, is to ease any worry or uncertainty within the team, by openly discussing their concerns. Seeing that your concerns are shared by others can help team members feel validated whilst also developing bonds in the team through shared empathy. This will also prompt the team to begin planning actions to mitigate these potential problems.
The second, is to motivate. Discussing what you’re excited about and sharing that enthusiasm is a great way to pump up the team!
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
The Hopes and Fears Retrospective Template
What are the ambitions of each member of the team? What aspect of the project are they looking forward to? What is it that they want to see happen in the future? What do they not want to see happen in the future? Asking the team what their hopes are helps them envision the future, explore possible futures and gives everyone a common goal to strive for.
What have team members experienced from similar scenarios in the past? What unknown factors might the team be facing and be apprehensive about? What do they not want to happen? These are things that might be holding them back from reaching an outcome. For some people, the fear of something is also what might drive improvement such as as being fearful of a bad deploy might increase quality testing protocols.
The combination of both hopes and fears helps to give you insight into what is driving the team and how this can impact your next sprint cycle.