The Genie in a Bottle Retrospective Template
What is the Genie in a Bottle retrospective?
Sometimes, a little twist of magic feels more than welcome. If you're looking for a way to break the retrospective routine, the Genie in a Bottle activity is a perfect candidate for your next retrospective.
Start this exercise by telling your team members they have found a magical lamp and freed the Genie inside. Each member has three wishes: one for themselves, one for the team, and one about anything else at all.
Don’t forget to tell your team members they can’t have more wishes!
After all, a Genie is no magician, right? 🧞
The 3 elements of Genie in a Bottle
Why & when should you use the Genie in a Bottle retrospective template?
This retrospective format is suitable if your team shows signs of dissatisfaction. Bring a positive activity to help your teammates get through this episode.
But wait, there's more! The Genie in a Bottle activity is also great as a futurespective session (a.k.a think about what comes next). Then, any upcoming Sprint, project, or new year could be addressed through this fantastic retrospective template.
We usually recommend using the Genie in a Bottle technique as a Sprint retrospective activity, especially when conducted at the end of a trimester, semester, or year.
Moreover, this template could be useful for any personal introspection session. With the help of the Genie, try to find out 3 wishes that could help you and your team improve together.
The Genie in a Bottle is a pretty popular retrospective technique that will help you bring a fresh perspective into your retrospective. We have built and enhanced this activity with the support of the Neatro community.
You can try the Genie in a Bottle model with your team for free by signing up for Neatro. No credit card is required. Note that participants do not need to create accounts to join an online retrospective in Neatro.