The essentialism Retro is good for when you have a large group, a rowdy group, or you just need help focusing on the actual take-away, actionable items from the Sprint. Rather than lingering on issues that we cannot fix.
- Ask the team, “If you could have changed ONE THING about this Sprint, what would that be?” Usually, during Retros people have five minutes to write as many post-it notes as they want, and take as long as the meeting allows to complain (sorry, I mean, “discuss”). So, this essentialism Retro helps the group focus on the ONE THING it has the power to change by limiting discussion to one post-it per person.
- Use dot voting or other consensus mechanism to agree on the ONE THING to work on
- Assign the ONE THING to a person on the team.