Retrospective Activity

Hero's Journey

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This activity:

  • Adventurous
  • Epic
  • Team morale


Use this retrospective activity to align over what the team is pursuing. A fun and engaging template, where the team forms a hero squad and embarks on a perilous journey for glory. Set the tone by sharing what the adventure is, some work you have ahead, an organization wide transformation?

⚔️ The hero
📖 The guide
⛰️ The cavern
🏆 The treasure

For the specific activity, the facilitator could use these points to describe the process:

  • The ⚔️ The hero column is for talk about the people that are going through the journey and their role.
  • The 📖 The guide column is for notes that describe any people, processes, knowledge that supports the team into their journey.
  • The ⛰️ The cavern column is for notes that describe challenges that the hero will need to overcome to complete the journey.
  • The 🏆 The treasure column is for notes that describe what are the wins expected once the goal is successfully reached.

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Tips & Tricks

This activity is great when starting a new project to promote collaboration and get a team to know each other better

Hero's Journey can be a celebratory activity when a project has just finished. The activity promotes building of a story around the recently finished project, which boosts team morale

Popularity: 4

The "Hero's Journey" activity is often used among Team O'clock teams. It seems that a few teams use this activity for their retrospectives.


Hero's Journey

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⚔️ The hero

People going through the journey

📖 The guide

People & things supporting the heroes

⛰️ The cavern

The challenges lying ahead

🏆 The treasure

End goals, rewards and achievements

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