But first, let’s look at how these meetings usually goes…
You gather your team in the meeting room…
….. everyone’s sitting ’round the conference table.
You start by drawing some columns on the whiteboard ::: What was good? | What was bad? | What do we want more of?
Then you ask the group to fill in the blanks….
….and after some asking (begging, pleading) on your part, you get a bunch of responses in return.
Problem is these responses tend to be superficial and barely scratch the surface of any actual issues. At a quick glance, they may pass for something constructive, but in reality…. I doubt it.
So instead of finding causes (and coming up with brilliant, awesome ideas), most retrospectives end up with these shallow, easy-to-fix, band-aid solutions.
And when the meeting is finally over, everyone leaves wondering what the heck it was all about.