I previously wrote a post about my take on Retrospectives, what I see a lot of teams miss out on, and what I think should be in focus. Among other things adding the “Look Back” to the existing Retrospective model. During that post, I listed some of my favorite for each of the components in a Retrospective. As promised I will start elaborating on some of those favorites.
I will start out with “The Shoe Tower”.
The goal of The Shoe Tower is team building. To have a casual time with your team colleagues and raising the mood before going into the rest of the Retrospective.
This activity is not limited to Set the Stage of a Retrospective, you can also use it in another context as a team building exercise.
There is no specific material needed to do this exercise.
Optionally you could have a price for the winning team, which you could also let them know about in advance, so there is something to fight for.
I like this exercise because it is fairly simple to do, does not really require any pre-planning or material. Plus it is a lot of fun to both be a part of, and to watch.
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