The WRAP (Wishes, Risks, Appreciations, Puzzles) retrospective

Retrospective idea – inject both positivity and creativity into your next sprint.

What is the Wrap retrospective?

The WRAP or WARP retrospective as it is sometimes known, is an easy way to inject fun into the review of your last sprint. It encourages the team to think about possibilities, expand their current state of mind, and build rapport while keeping risk management in mind.

This easy retrospective idea is based on a concept by Nick Oostvogel and aims to explore different aspects of a sprint or event.

This alternative retrospective format might be good for helping to build team culture and moving to a more positive mindset, with a sense of gratitude.By expanding the team to examine multiple aspects of a sprint, it can help promote original ideas whilst still recognising the people who have brought value to the project so far. This you break away from repetitive, boring retrospective analysis strategies and brings fresh thinking into the mix.

The Key Components of a WRAP retrospective

Tips and learnings in running a WRAP retrospective


This topic can produce some far-fetched ideas however, that is the point! What would make the ideal sprint? What would make you most proud? Even if it’s a long-shot, what do you hope will happen?


What could slow things down or even completely derail things? What possible pitfalls or hazards should be avoided? Are there threats or vulnerabilities that are yet to be addressed?


When did you feel grateful and who was it that made you feel this way? Who helped you? Who really made a difference during the last sprint? Remember, these things don’t have to be project-related.


Is there anything perplexing you? Is there something you’re grappling with or seeking clarity on? Is there anything you’re feeling doesn’t quite make sense?


Suggested Icebreaker questions for WRAP retrospective

  • When do you find yourself wishing for something?
  • Name someone you’ve always appreciated and why?
  • What’s something that puzzled you as a kid?

Retro Rehearsal

Invite your team to rehearse the retro referencing something that will happen soon.

For example, Check out this clip –  What wish, risk, appreciation or puzzle does it spark in you?

Ideas and tips for your WRAP retrospectives

  • If time allows, play a game before the retrospective. They are a great way to energize a team.
  • Make the most of your presentation mode and drill down into ideas at the brainstorming, grouping as well as discussion stages of your retrospective. This will let those who contributed the input the chance to explain and feel heard.
  • Make brainstorming anonymous to allow people to feel safe when contributing their thoughts. People will feel more engaged when they feel like they can air what they need to.
  • A way of combating groupthink and bias is to run the retro asynchronously. Share the template a couple of days before the meeting so people have time to think and pre-populate the columns.
  • Use a Return on Time Invested (ROTI) tool to monitor the effectiveness of your meeting.

How to run a WRAP 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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