Retrospective Activity

Success Criteria

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This activity:

  • Plan ahead
  • Identify success


This is a good activity to kickstart a new project. Help the team align on the desired outcome, figure out what defines success. Bring everyone on the same page on what the focus points should be.

Successful if
Failure if

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

  • The Intention column is for notes that describe the idea that the team plans to carry out.
  • The Target column is for notes that describe the key outcomes towards the intetion that the team set.
  • The Successful if column is for indicators that prove the intention is successful.
  • The Failure if column is for notes regarding indicators that prove the intention is not met.

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

Planning ahead has many moving parts. Make sure to perform the 'Success Criteria' activity with all the stakeholders that can define the outcome you are aiming for.

When talking about the 'target' trigger the team to think on multiple levels that can define success.

Popularity: 1

The "Success Criteria" activity is rarely used among Team O'clock teams. It seems that only a few teams use this activity for their retrospectives.


Success Criteria

Futurespective Medium


What we intend doing


Key outcomes towards the intention

Successful if

Indicators that prove we reached our goals

Failure if

Indicators showing we failed to reach our goals

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