What is the Snakes and Ladders Retrospective?
Loved the game of snakes and ladders? This fun and easy retrospective format builds on the popular game that gets the team to consider what happens at the finish line, what is needed, what will take the team to the next level and what might cause them to slide back.
This retrospective template is very useful at the start of a particular project or epic when there are learnings from previous iteration that can be brought forward. Often many of the elements that come out of this retrospective can be memorialized into team agreements and form part of the social contract for the team. Using TeamRetro’s agreement feature lets you capture these and take them forward into your future sprint retrospectives.
A fun and easy alternative retrospective format
The snakes and ladders game is straight forward as a concept but can add an element of play, hypothesis and future risk planning when it comes to the execution of the project or epic. The key difference is that you might want to start with the finish first, rather than the start.
These are the goals and expectations at the end of the cycle. This could be the definition of done or the sprint goals that the team agrees on. Understanding what is waiting for the team at the end of the finish line can help focus team energy and provide direction as to where everyone is heading.
These are all the things needed to get started. Setting up the database or staging environment, or having the right team structure though to resource tools and remote team collaboration tools for running retrospectives. This helps get the team off on the right foot.
These are the pitfalls that will drag the team down or bite them in the proverbial. Ask the team to list all the things that they should watch out for and any risks that could arise. Then it’s time to cage or avoid the snakes to reduce the possibilities of failure as they slide back down.
These are the things that will take the team to the next level. They could be people, training, resources or tools that help them speed up velocity to reach the sprint goals.