Retrospective Activity

Space Rocket

Playful Medium   Popularity: 5  

This activity:

  • Very easy to follow
  • Focus on improvements


In this activity the team assumes the role of a space rocket getting ready for launch. For a successful launch, the rocket should have enough thrust power to propel into space and face as little malfunctions as possible. Ask members to add notes either as boosters, that propel the team up, or malfunctions, that are holding the team down and need improvement.


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

  • The Malfunctions column is for things, actions, and processes that are holding the team down and can be improved.
  • The Thrusters column is for things, actions, and processes that are working great and help the team reach its targets.

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

Space rocket is quite playful and promotes the surfacing of areas that need improvement while work is still in progress. By identifying areas for improvement early you can apply findings on the next work cycle

Focus on processes and actions on a team level, avoid talking about people and personal feelings.

Popularity: 5

The "Space Rocket" activity is sometimes useful among Team O'clock teams. It seems that some teams use this activity for their retrospectives.


Space Rocket

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Things that holding the team down and needs improvement


Things that help the team reach its targets

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