Weather Forecast Retrospective Retrospective

What is this activity?

We’ve all experienced feelings of malaise with dreary, rainy, cold weather. Some call it the wintertime blues. Most research on the relationship between mood and weather demonstrates that weather can have a substantial effect on how we feel. With that in mind, let’s use this metaphor between weather and mood and run a retrospective with our team. So, we can create a mood check to measure how our team is feeling. Knowing the weather ahead can help you and your team be more prepared for the challenges ahead during your current project. There's no limit on the size of the group that can participate in this exercise. We consider this exercise level easy to execute. And you'll need a virtual board tool like EasyRetro to run the session.

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Weather Forecast Retrospective Template

Stormy

What has been tempestuous? Meaning: What issues have you been confronted with? In your opinion, what stooped team productivity to advance?

Rainy

What has been troublesome? Meaning: What challenges did you face during the project? Were you able to overcome it? How? What did you do to solve the issues?

Cloudy

What has been rosy? Meaning: What were the positive experiences you have had so far? Did things go well according to what initially was planned? Did you have support from your colleagues?

Sunny

What has been bright? Meaning: Do you think that the sprint goals have been met? Do you feel positive and happy about your contribution to the team's outcome?

How to conduct this activity

The main idea for running this activity is to identify how your team is currently feeling about the last sprint. So, you can have a sense of how you might best manage the retrospective. The Weather-Forecast Retrospective covers: Stormy: What has been tempestuous? Meaning: What issues have you been confronted with? In your opinion, what stooped team productivity to advance? Rainy: What has been troublesome? Meaning: What challenges did you face during the project? Were you able to overcome it? How? What did you do to solve the issues? Cloudy: What has been rosy? Meaning: What were the positive experiences you have had so far? Did things go well according to what initially was planned? Did you have support from your colleagues? Sunny: What has been bright? Meaning: Do you think that the sprint goals have been met? Do you feel positive and happy about your contribution to the team's outcome? Note: If there have been a lot of stormy and rainy responses, it’s important to ask for feedback from your Team. Ask them about what ongoing issue needs a resolution. What do they think is the root cause, and if there is something else that needs to be addressed in this meeting or future sprints. If there are many Cloudy responses, acknowledge your team’s effort and ask them if they could see some clouds turning into rainy or sunny days? Risks and dependencies might come out of this discussion. If everything is Sunny, this is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate your team’s effort. Be curious and ask them about their journey and learnings. Plus, ask them how the team can continue to work going forward? The responses to that will add energy to the next steps of goal setting.

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