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The Motivational Retrospective

A new retrospective format inspired by Moving Motivators / Management 3.0

22 September 2016


Below is a new retrospective format aimed at shared understanding among teammates and their organization, in order to contribute toward a culture that motivates people.

Preparation:
  • Enough laminated Moving Motivators cards for each participant
  • Variety of colored sticky notes
  • Whiteboard markers
Method:
  1. Provide each participant with a set of Moving Motivation cards and ask them to select their three key motivators each.
  2. Ask each of the attendees to think back on the previous sprint and, based on the support they received from their team during the sprint, write a separate attractor or detractor for each key motivator on a separate sticky note. E.g., if the key motivator is "Curiosity," an attractor could be, "My team selected work that enabled me to learn new things." A detractor might be, "I worked on repetitive tasks that I have done before." Use a whiteboard or flip chart as laid out below to capture each participant's items.
  3. Ask each of the attendees to repeat step 2, but this time to write sticky notes for the support they received from their organization during the sprint, again capturing a separate attractor or detractor for each key motivator on a separate sticky note. Use a whiteboard or flip chart as laid out below to capture each participant's items.
  4. Inform participants that the purpose is to highlight areas of improvement for the team and organization in order to provide attractors for individual motivations, rather than trying to influence team members' motivations.
  5. The final step is to encourage the participants to brainstorm improvement areas that will help the team and organization provide attractors for key motivations within the team, and experiments to take into the next sprint that will enable this improvement. For example, in order to provide an attractor for those motivated by "Order," participants might choose an experiment to improve process regarding test automation in the next sprint. See this example:
As someone who is motivated by Mastery, I would like to know whether you enjoyed this guide. Please like and share so I know you'd like more. Please comment with any tips, suggestions, or beginnings of a conversation.
 

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Comments

Aart Wessels, CSM, 9/22/2016 6:31:40 AM
For me personally, this practice falls in the category of too complicated. I can see how it could open up a discussion though, so as an icebreaker, in a broader Continuous Improvement workshop, I can see the added value. Doing this for a Sprint Retrospective feels a bit cumbersome though.
Araujo Tadeu, CSPO, 9/22/2016 10:02:11 AM
Interesting technique, I will try it. Congrats and thanks to share.
Laurie Close, CSP,CSM, 12/5/2016 2:39:12 PM
Thank you for sharing, where can I buy these cards? I was unable to find them online?
Christian van Stom, CSM, 12/20/2016 2:58:57 PM
Hi Laurie, cards can be purchased here: ://management30.com/shop/moving-motivators-cards/
Christian van Stom, CSM, 12/20/2016 3:03:29 PM
@Aart: fair enough, depending on how you currently conduct retros, I use it as one of a range of formats to keep things interesting.
Christian van Stom, CSM, 12/20/2016 3:03:45 PM
@Aart: fair enough, depending on how you currently conduct retros, I use it as one of a range of formats to keep things interesting.
Christian van Stom, CSM, 12/20/2016 3:05:09 PM
@Araujo: thanks, hope you find it useful.

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