Role Playing Game (RPG) retrospective

Retrospective Idea – Take your team on a quest for effective and winning sprints.

What is the RPG retrospective?

Role-playing games (RPGs) are incredibly popular because they give players the freedom to experiment, select their own challenges, and triumph over obstacles. In a sprint, the RPG retrospective lets a team do just that.

Turn your next sprint into a quest and use this fun and engaging retrospective idea that will help your team decide on the game strategy for the next sprint.

In this format, your team can discuss the progress they’ve made since the previous sprint (For The Win), the skills they want to improve (Level Up), the side projects they completed along the way (Side Quests), and the major challenges that will lay before them (Boss Fight).

The RPG retrospective is great if you have a team of gaming enthusiasts preparing for an epic or a large story. This fun format for your retrospective lets your team focus on the question ahead based on their knowledge and skills so far. Your team can plan strategies and celebrate successful battles.

RPG retrospective format

For The Win

What were our achievements in the last sprint? What goals did we hit?

Level Up

What attributes should we level up next? Where should we direct our energy? What is worthy of our focus?

Side Quests

What side quests did we complete? What other tasks did we deliver? What obstacles did we overcome?

Boss Fight

What are the big challenges coming our way?

Suggested icebreaker questions for the RPG retrospective

  • What is the best RPG game that you have ever played?
  • What character class do you love to play? Why?
  • If you were to create a world, what would it be like?
  • Would you rather be a protagonist or an antagonist? Why?

Retro rehearsal

Apply the RPG retrospective to improve a salad sandwich the whole team would enjoy.

Ideas and tips for your RPG retrospective

  • Set the stage. Welcome people to set the tone of the meeting and give them a safe space to share ideas. A great way to do this is to ask “Can we begin now?” and wait for people to begin.
  • Create some excitement! This retrospective is supposed to be a fun and creative way to run your sprint. Inspire your team to talk about the games they play and the experiences they’ve had. This will pique the curiosity and enthusiasm of others who have played the same game.
  • Keep your team agreements in view during your retrospective. Remember you can add to them at any time.
  • Celebrate achievements. Don’t forget to give credit where it is due! Take some time to celebrate the successes of the previous sprint and recognize any team members for their contributions.
  • Set realistic goals. Make sure that everyone is setting realistic and achievable goals for the next period of time. This will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that progress is made in the right direction.
  • Just like the role of the dungeon master can change, so too can the role of the scrum master. Rotate or share the role to allow different game styles to come through.

How to run an RPG retrospective in TeamRetro

Start Agile Retrospective

Start your retrospective in a click
Log into TeamRetro and choose your sprint retrospective template.

Invite Your Team
Invite your team easily – no separate accounts needed
Send an email invite, a link or add to your Slack channel to get people started quickly. SSO options are also available.
Agile Retrospective Brainstorm
Time to brainstorm
Each team member can now brainstorm individually under each topic. This avoids group think and allows everyone to have their say. They can indicate when they have finished, or you can set a timer so that you know when to move onto the next stage.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting
Group related ideas
Drag and drop  related ideas to combine them for easier voting. TeamRetro can also automatically suggest ideas that are similar, saving you and your team valuable time.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting
Vote independently to avoid anchoring
Each team member votes on what they would most like to discuss further. The results won’t be displayed to everyone until you advance to Discuss.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Discuss the most important things first
You and your team discuss the top voted ideas and can capture deep dive comments.  Presentation mode allows you to walk your team through ideas one-by-one and keep the conversation focused.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Review and create actions

Easily facilitate discussion by bringing everyone onto the same page. Create action items, assign owners and due dates that will carry through for review at the next retrospective.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Share the results
Once you have finished your retro, you can share the results and actions with the team. Your retro will be stored so you can revisit them as needed.

Congratulations! You’ve just run a retro like a boss.
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