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Retrospective Sailing - Agile Workshop - Agile on the Beach 2017


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Retrospective Sailing Game — Agile Teams & Practices Workshop template and guide

Put the wind back in the sails of your team, raise the anchors holding you back. Try out the Agile Retrospective Sailing game with your teams today, you’ll need something to draw a boat on, some post it notes and pens.

Belinda Waldock

Retrospective Sailing — an agile reflection game

A hands on workshop facilitating a practical retrospective game.

Retrospective Sailing is a game you can play as an individual in any role, as part of a development team, or, with clients and customers to help understand how your journey is fairing. This game will give you a new and fun way to run a retrospective to help to gain your bearings, identify what’s putting the wind in your sails, the anchors holding you back, and discover hidden treasure.

You’ll plot your mission and map a way forward that raises those anchors and catches the tide and a fair wind. Try it with your teams for some constructive fun, practical outcomes, and a useful tool for reviewing and finding a smooth course.

Extra Supporting Slides to help you faciliate your workshop and understand Agile Retrospectives and how to play the game.

Retrospective Sailing — Agile Workshop — Agile on the Beach 2017 from Belinda Waldock

The Being Agile in Business book includes the Retrospective Sailing game and many more ways to enhance the agility of your teams, practices, products and business using agile. Available on amazon and book stores internationally

I have been running this Retrospective workshop with teams since 2012 with great success as a tool for helping them to reflect on previous work and focus on a positive way forward. Boats are a familiar game in my workshops and training to help teams to visualise their work, environment, capabilities, performance and much more!

If you enjoy playing retrospective sailing please do tweet me and send me a photo of your ship and your feedback! or do email

For a FULL GUIDE to Retrospective Sailing please email

If you would like to know more or would like to talk about running agile retrospectives with your teams please get in touch

Happy sailing!


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Retrospective Sailing - Agile Workshop - Agile on the Beach 2017

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  9. 9. © @belindawaldock retrospective sailing  draw your boat, with room for anchors and sails  name your boat? topic of your retrospective Agile on the Beach, AgileTeams, Products, Software, Practices, Business  mission ? what do you want to achieve?
  10. 10. © @belindawaldock retrospective sailing sails what’s going well? – what’s putting the wind in your sails? anchors what could be better? – what’s slowing you down/holding you back?
  11. 11. © @belindawaldock scaling your sails and anchors how big is each sail? +1 to +10 ? how big is each anchor? -1 to -10 ?
  12. 12. © @belindawaldock raising your sails and anchors actions to raise sail +1 raise anchor +1+1?
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  14. 14. © @belindawaldock retrospective sailing 2.00 – introduction 2.05 – form mission groups, draw and name boat 2.10 – add sails and anchors 2.20 – scale sails and anchors 2.30 - capture potential actions 2.35 – group feedback & questions 2.45 - finish
  15. 15. © @belindawaldock reflect - retrospective what’s gone well? what can we do better? what’s stopping us? what’s changed? what next? learn plan act release review reflect
  16. 16. © @belindawaldock retrospectives Team work / clients / stake holders  Feedback  Reflect & Identifying way forward  Improve Communication  Clarity and visibility  Self managing / organising
  17. 17. © @belindawaldock agile: beyond code software teams practices products business
  18. 18. © @belindawaldock being agile: retrospective sailing workshop BELINDA WALDOCK @BELINDAWALDOCK #BEINGAGILE @AGILEONTHEBEACH #AGILEOTB