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Rose
Share the highlights, successes and victories of the completed sprint.
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Identify any challenges or problems you encountered.
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Bud
Like a bud ready to open, what opportunities are available to you?
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The Rose, Thorn, and Bud retrospective is a simple but effective activity.

No matter how beautiful, every rose has thorns that can hurt you if you're not careful.

The rose metaphor allows you to address your team's successes, overcome the challenges encountered (the thorns), and take the time to seize opportunities (the buds).

🌹 Rose

Shared the highlights, successes and victories of the completed sprint.

Some questions to help your team:

  • What functionality has been deployed?
  • Do you have any results to share?
  • What key role greatly contributed to the success of this sprint or delivery?
  • What value have you delivered to users?

Example: Thanks to our constant communication with Marketing, we managed to communicate the fair value of our latest feature.

🩸 Thorn

Identify any challenges or problems you encountered.

Nothing is more painful than putting your hand on a thorn when you are about to pick a rose.

Example: We did not cover all major scenarios during our manual testing. Results: we had to fix a lot of bugs in production.

🌱 Bud

Like a bud ready to open, what opportunities are available to you

Example: Improve our manual test plans before our testing session.

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Julien Valente
Co-Founder and Product Designer @ Neatro
Passionate about design, I quickly understood that product development is a constant quest for continuous improvement. This is how I discovered retrospective and the ability to change things through action plans. I loved it so much that I co-founded Neatro. Feel free to contact me on LinkedIn, I always answer ;)
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Rose
Share the highlights, successes and victories of the completed sprint.
Image of the column Thorn from the retrospective template Rose, Thorn, Bud on the Neatroverse community
Thorn
Identify any challenges or problems you encountered.
Image of the column Bud from the retrospective template Rose, Thorn, Bud on the Neatroverse community
Bud
Like a bud ready to open, what opportunities are available to you?
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