This exercise was co-created as part of a collaboration day between myself and Paul Goddard although we have a sense that something like this has been done before we couldn’t recall who or where…
Large whiteboard or roll of white paper
Appropriate drawing, colouring or painting materials
- Ask the team to draw/paint their interpretation of the Sprint. This is usually done on a large whiteboard/sheet of paper.
- It is also usually done in silence and all at the same time (although see variations below)
- This can then lead into the other stages to explore what the images are (gather data), what they mean (gather insights) and so on.
- Exploring the more visual side of the brain to look back at the Sprint in a more abstract way
- By doing this in silence we shouldn’t be overly influencing one another
- By all contributing we will be inviting questions and explanations of the interpretations
- A great visual capture of the team’s experiences which could, over time, be collated into a storybook of the project
- You may close the retrospective by asking the team to repeat the exercise and see what the picture looks like then.
- Ask each team member to draw their picture of the Sprint in isolation and then present them back to the team/create a gallery