A guide to the 4L's retrospective activity
Check the setup and usage of the Liked Learned Lacked Longed for retrospective activity.
This activity is also known as The 4L's activity. Introduce this activity by saying to participants to focus on the period in question, sprint if that's a scrum team activity, or work on a specific deliverable/outcome if that's a retrospective activity on something bigger.
For the specific activity, the facilitator could use these points to describe the process:
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The 4L's activity is available on the Team O'clock retrospective interface. If you have selected another activity from the ones available you can click on the Choose activity dropdown on the top left of the screen and switch to "The 4L's" activity.
The specific activity has some complexity and requires facilitation so that members to don't go personal and focus on the big picture. The facilitator should drive the discussion and key points on collaboration between teams and processes.
It is important to be open and add notes on each column. The "Liked" and "Learned" columns will be holding notes that the team is proud of. The "Lacked" and "Longed for" columns will be holding notes on things that can be improved.
There is a big chance some participant's note is similar to another participant's note from another column. In those cases it is suggested to discuss on rephrasing and grouping the two notes under a single column, or if essentially people do speak about a different angle on each note make the distinction more clear.
The 4L's activity is good for promoting items having to do with cross-team collaboration as well due to the "Lacked" and "Longed for" columns where participants can describe items that are out of team's reach.
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Notes on items that the team liked and enjoyed doing in the said period.
Notes on items for things and actions that the team learned in this period.
Notes on items for things that the team missed and should be in place for the next iteration of work.
Notes on items that could make the team's work easier yet were not blockers.