What is the War Stories Retrospective?
While every sprint cycle should not feel like a battle, sometimes they can. This retro format offers a way for teams to share stories and forge strategies. With the troops aligned and the sprint goals set, the War Stories retrospective lets you create a simple and easy format for people to yarn. The analogy is simple and can be used when there has been some progressively tough cycles and there is a need to provide a way for tension to be released and issues to be solved together in a unified way.
Sprint Retrospective Idea Format War Stories
Where did we experience success and wins? These are important no matter how small , especially during tough times. Resilience is an important virtue and there are always aspects that can be considered as victories during the last sprint that help to motivate the team and lift morale.
Where did we fail and learn? Make this aspect a positive learning experience by building in psychological safety and a non-judgemental environment. It may sound odd, but celebrating learnings from failure builds team confidence. The defeats are a good point of reflection and acts like the lessons learned aspect of the journey.
Where are there still battles? These are the areas that can be addressed together by the team or used to acknowledge where there are still impediments.
How could we improve in future battles? Help the team build resilience and capability by identifying areas where they can level up and improve going forward. These might be personal aspects of upskilling, mind set, training, reorganizing the troops or getting more resources for the team.