The true power of teamwork comes from the group's cohesion and combined energies focused on a common goal. Laurence Wood has captured the importance of this in his Richer Retrospectives game which uses consensus and collaboration to identify the key challenges facing a team and work out the problem areas to focus on to improve the performance of the team.
His game provides a effective framework to review some key and common processes that a team should consider and analyse when looking back on their performance in a retrospective. It then further helps the team to decide what it should do next to resolve those problems.
The deck contains 50 cards - 44 theme cards, 5 title cards and 1 instruction card
The cards are tarot sized (71 x 121mm) so the text is clearly visible when the cards are put up on a board / wall
The deck comes packaged in a premium silk scuff resistant box
How to play:
Stick the title cards high up on a wall. This is better than working around a table.
Use the orange Universal cards first. These will help any team using any approach. Progress to the green Fusion cards next time. Teams adopting Agile will value these. Finally consider using the purple Agile-specific cards for more mature Agile teams.
Shuffle your selected part of the deck. Take turns to read out the next card, discuss and decide which title to post it under. Finally, discuss how you all want this wall to change as you improve. Take photos if you cannot keep the wall in place.
Use the last 10 minutes to agree as a team which item you want to focus on improving next. Highlight it using the ‘Focus’ card.
Ensure that you can measure your success. Write a clear goal together. Agree when you will next measure the focus item to see if you have successfully improved. Then repeat the activity above. You will get faster.