What is the Hot Air Balloon Retrospective?
The Hot Air Balloon retrospective is a fun and novel agile tool to reflect on your last sprint while building up the team. Participants are invited to identify: the things that contributed to their progress (Hot Air); those that made it difficult to deliver value (Sandbags) and those who contributed to the team’s success (Hugs and Kudos). The ideas shared inform actions to shape the smooth transition into the next sprint.
The Hot Air Balloon retrospective is a great one to use when looking for ways to support a positive working environment. Taking the time to offer “Hugs and Kudos” by acknowledging the efforts and contributions of others does wonders for team health. This small but impactful exercise in gratitude enhances positive connections and team morale.
Hot Air Balloon retrospective format
What is making us fly? What supports our success? What makes us feel great about the work we’re doing? What’s offering us a great return on time invested?
What is keeping us down? What is making it difficult for us to deliver value? What is needed but cumbersome?
Hugs and Kudos
Who do we want to acknowledge? What actions (no matter how small) made the last sprint easier, better, or simply more fun?
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.