Donkey Kong Retrospective

Today I had another simple and fun retro, this time I themed it using the classic Donkey Kong/Mario.

Here are the steps in which I facilitated it:

  • I invited everyone to open the whiteboard. While everybody was doing so, a nice discussion started about the game itself (old donkey kong) and what everybody’s first gaming experience was (gameboy, amiga, sega, nes, etc). So I gave it a couple of minutes to set the mood.
  • people started playing on the board by moving mario and the flames/barrels 😂 (tip, make sure to lock the level-background, via right click)
  • I invited everyone to take about 10 minutes to come up with items for all of the questions and stick them on the board
  • To signal the timebox was almost over, I started this tune in the background: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cttPiwzcKnc
  • together we walked the board, whenever we identified improvements I already summarized them on stickies and moved those to the last section.
  • during the “What obstacles did we overcome?” section, I added an additional question “what did we learn from this”, this helped us identify some additional improvements we could make
  • I closed the session by asking anyone to recommend a game which we could play as a team together next week, and ended up scheduling a lunch session to play Among Us together

I stole the idea from here 😇: https://medium.com/@dougidle/the-donkey-kong-sprint-retrospective-983b4ae3bb42