The Retro Football Club Retrospective Template

Our team gave it all. Let's check together how our last game did go.

What is the Retrospective Football Club?

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Your football team* has just finished a high-stakes game.

As usual, the collective is heading to the locker room to reflect on past events as a team.

Did we experience a legendary game? A resounding victory?

Or was it a match without much flavor?

A stinging defeat that we should forget ASAP?

Each member will deliver their match report and analysis to help the team identify their strengths and improvement areas.

All in a sporting spirit, of course.

Come on, let's replay the game together!

*football or soccer... we don't all use the same name, but we all share the same passion.

The 4 elements of Retro Football Club

Bring the 3 points home!
Give both the score and a game report in 3 points (in a single comment).
e.g., a 4-3 victory — great mindset, good concentration, but a fuzzy DoD that could have been fatal.
What worked well
Positive attitudes and facts.
e.g., Ben's technical skills allowed us to complete the development in 5 days.
What put us in difficulty
We review the tricky sequences from the VAR truck.
e.g., we forgot to implement the tracking plan on our new homepage—an avoidable red card.
On to the next game!
Your state of mind and your expectations for the next game.
e.g., sprint 24 FC looks tough, but I'm sure together we can beat it!.

Why & when should you use the Retrospective Football Club?

Perfectly designed for any Sprint Retrospective, this retrospective idea will help each member make their own analysis of the past Sprint.

Moreover, instead of simply saying whether the past Sprint was good or bad, your teammates will have to announce a score of the game that retranscripts their general point of view of the Sprint. Don't forget: the core condition for making this crucial step a success is to let everybody think on their own. No groupthink.

Having all of the members share their scores is a great way to spot how different people's perceptions and experiences from your last Sprint can be.

Also, Retro Football Club dedicates a moment to think about what comes next (in this case: your next game), which is great to up motivation levels before taking up new challenges.

How to run the Retrospective Football Club template?

The Retro Football Club retrospective idea is a homemade activity made by the Neatro team. We have designed and improved this retrospective idea with the support of the Neatro community.

You can try this model for free with your team by signing up for Neatro. No credit card is required. Note that participants do not need to create accounts to join a retrospective with Neatro.

Although we use the Neatro experience to show how to run the Retro Football Club activity online, you can follow this guide and apply our tips for any other tool.

Step 1: Write comments
Let people write ideas and avoid group thinking

Let people write ideas and avoid groupthink.

Your team is here, ready to start! Let's consider that you have already run an Icebreaker and have done a follow-up on the action items from the last retrospective. Now is the time to get the Retro Football Club activity going.

This first step of the exercise aims to let your participants write comments, and post them in the different columns of your board.

Like any true football referee, make sure you have a timer with you.

⏱️ Keeping track of time is a simple but crucial tip to ensure your team will successfully run an efficient retrospective.

Each column of your board helps you organize your ideas. Even if you are the facilitator of this retrospective, you will most likely take on the participant's role as well, right? Try to be as specific as possible so that your teammates can easily understand your comments.

To provide an appropriate level of psychological safety, allow participants to share comments anonymously.

At this stage, you want to avoid group thinking at all costs. People should not influence each other in the process. Make sure people cannot see what other participants are writing in this step.

Reveal all comments after everyone has finished adding comments.

👍 With Neatro – Participants will only see their own comments at this step. They also have the option of writing comments using their name or anonymously. As a Facilitator, you will be able to set a Timer visible to everybody. Also, when a participant is done writing comments, he/she can click on “I’m finished” to let everybody know he/she’s ready to move on to the next step.

Step 2: Group comments
Get your board lean and well organized

Get your board lean and well organized. This step allows you to regroup similar comments and attach/create topics.

1/ Drag and Drop Grouping

You might have a lot of comments displayed on the board at this point. Regroup similar comments to help your teammates understand the weight of each idea.

👍 With Neatro – If you find similar ideas, drag a comment on another to create a group. Click on the group to display all of the comments.

2/ Use topics to better identify your challenges

Regrouping similar comments is not enough! Adding topics will significantly help you organize your team's ideas.

"What's a topic?" you may ask. It could be anything. We usually tend to see "core team dimensions" reflected in the topics (e.g., Ownership, Value, Speed, Process, Collaboration, etc.). Still, you could create any topic that would help you efficiently manage your team's comments.

👍 With Neatro – To add a topic to any comment on Neatro, click on the "Add Topic" button. We already created 10 Neatro topics for you based on the most common team challenges, but you can also create your own topics.

Step 3: Vote
Time to prioritize items to focus on what really matters

Time to prioritize items to focus on what really matters.

Proceed to a vote session to narrow down the number of items you would like to discuss in the next phase.

Two rules that we heavily suggest to apply at this step: - Make sure that nobody can see the other's votes. - Allow each participant to spend their votes on one or multiple items.

👍 With Neatro – The number of votes can easily be changed if needed. The Facilitator needs to click on the wheel icon to update the maximum number of votes per person.

Step 4: Build your Team Action Plan
Collectively define what needs to be done to make the team grow

Collectively define what needs to be done to make the team grow. Discuss the most voted topics or comments with your team to create action items. Assign an owner to each action item, and provide a short and clear description so everyone can understand how to resolve their action items.

👍 With Neatro – You can play out with a collection of sorting rules and filters to better identify the comments that need to be discussed. Once you're done with the Action Plan, you can access your retrospective report.

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