ESVP (Explorers, Shoppers, Vacationers, Prisoners) Retrospective
What is this activity?
The Retrospective Game ESVP is a popular retrospective game that was featured in a widely popular book “Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great” written by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen. During this game, every participant reports their attitude towards the retrospective as either Explorer, Shopper, Vacationer, or Prisoner. - Explorers want to discover new ideas and insights. - Shoppers analyze information and want to learn at least one useful idea during the realtor meeting. - Vacationers aren’t interested in retrospectives, but like being away from the daily grind. - Prisoners feel forced to attend the meeting and would prefer doing something else.
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ESVP (Explorers, Shoppers, Vacationers, Prisoners) Template
Want to discover new ideas and insights
Analyse information and want to learn at least one useful idea during the realtor meeting
Aren’t interested in retrospectives, but like being away from the daily grind
Feel forced to attend the meeting and would prefer doing something else
How to conduct this activity
Here's how to run the Retrospective Game ESVP: 1 - Explain that you want to collect information on how people view retrospectives in the team. 2 - Describe the ESVP (Explorers, Shoppers, Vacationers, Prisoners) roles to everyone attending the retro meeting. 3 - Collect anonymous feedback from everyone by asking them to add cards to the columns. 4 - Let every employee briefly discuss their attitude towards a retro and assign their feedback to one of the roles. 5- Analyze the collected feedback to see how many Explorers, Shoppers, Vacationers, and Prisoners there are in your group. P.S. ESVP retrospective games are critical for conducting effective retrospectives. If you see that the majority of your attendees are Prisoners or Vacationers make sure to discuss this with your team before moving on, as there’s no point in discussing team problems when the majority of your team would like to be elsewhere.
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