Retrospective Activity

Mountain Hiking

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For this activity imagine that the team is hiking up a mountain with the goal to reach the top. This activity will help the team identify the items that slow them down, and the things propelling the team to move towards the sprint goal.

🌤 Weather
🎒 Supplies
🪨 Obstacles
⛳️ Mile markers

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

  • The 🌤 Weather column is for notes about the morale of the team on conquering the mountain.
  • The 🎒 Supplies column is for notes that describe the work and processes in place that help the team move forward.
  • The 🪨 Obstacles column is for notes on the things that are blocking the team to climb the mountain and they need to be surpassed.
  • The ⛳️ Mile markers column is for notes on important milestones that the team has conquered or will reach while climbing the mountain.

Onboarding the team to the selected activity is important for a successful meeting. To learn more on what's needed to onboard your team to a retrospective meeting, read here.

Tips & Tricks

Make sure that the team pays attention to all the columns of this activity as they are equally important.

It could be helpful if the team identified the relation between obstacles and mile markers as a way to focus the team effort. If an obstacle is found higher than a specific mile marker it means that the team can focus on that obstacle after reaching the marker.

Popularity: 3

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


Mountain Hiking

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🌤 Weather

How are we feeling, how is the morale

🎒 Supplies

What help us reach our goals

🪨 Obstacles

What is blocking us

⛳️ Mile markers

What important milestones did we reach or have yet to reach

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