How to run a Sailboat Retrospective Meeting
The ⛵️ Sailboat Retro is a collaborative and fun way to reflect on the sprint with the whole team. Based on your discussion you not only leave with a better reflection on what just happened, but also how to make it better next sprint.
Introduce the metaphor of the ⛵️
The Sailboat Retro can't work unless everyone understands how the metaphor helps you reflect on the journey you're on. Here's a handy guide, but I recommend adding some of your personality when sharing the mythos to your team.
⛵️ Sailboat = That’s the team.
🏝 The Island = The sprint's goals.
🌬 Wind = What helped you to achieve the sprint goal, pushing the boat faster?
☀️ Sun = What were you glad happened during the sprint? Things to appreciate.
⚓️ Anchor = What slowed us down or held us back?
🪨 Rock/Reef = What potential risks do we see ahead of us?
Reflect, Write, Post
With the metaphor out of the way, give everyone your team time to write down their answers/thoughts for discussion section. Time for individual brainstorming and reflecting is critical for the team to raise things that are important to them.
You should collect these discrete thoughts in a collaborative way for several reasons:
- The more individuals see others participating the more likely they will too.
- Reading others thoughts can spur and inspire thoughts of others.
- At this point the more information you collect, the better.
Give your team 5-10mins depending on how much activity is going on.
Share and discuss
With content populated, have each individual present their submissions. If your team is large consider breaking out into smaller groups and doing the same thing to save time. Then only present a summarized topics pertinent to the whole group afterwards.
In either scenario consider this a safe time for them to share what's going in their head. It'll be your job to moderate the discussion, questions, and tangents that can arise during this. Read more about psychological safety here if interested.
Document the Reflection
Some discussions will be different views at the topic. Merge, clean, and organize your list as you go. Get confirmation from the group as you do. It's recommended to assign someone on your team to this role so there can be a moderator and a note taker without having one person attempt to do both.
For the remaining points, document the groups reflection as a summary for those who weren't able to attend.
Find Next Steps
At the end recap the ideas, learnings, and reflections. If there are next steps coming from any of these points this is your chance to capture those and confirm who is going to be responsible for following through on getting things done.
How to run a Sailboat Retro Meeting in Hypercontext
After setting up the meeting in Hypercontext, and introducing the concept to your team. When the retro starts, have everyone open the application together. The agenda should be split up into several sections: The 🏝️ Island , 🌬️ Wind, ☀️ Sun, ⚓ Anchor, 🪨 Rocks, and Wrap Up)
Start the meeting at 🏝️ The Island. Use 5 mins or so to remind the team of the sprint goals you set. If needed feel free to get inspired by the goals listed in our OKR library
Once you've done that, give your team 10 mins to add their content to the other sections. They should add each separate thought as a separate "Item" for discussion later. If they want they can add more detail in a "description" or they can just leave it as a short item title for now. Hypercontext allows your team to see all the action in real time so the activity will spur more activity.
Drag and drop the items within the sections to get a starting order for discussion. Then either
a) follow the order you set, discuss, and move to the next point.
b) allow each individual to discuss all of their points before moving to the next person.
Document and summarize the discussion under each item's SUMMARY field. If there are next steps, document those under the NEXT STEPS of each item.
Finally, during the wrap up. Confirm the notes, next steps, and plan for the next week.