The Sailboat Retrospective Template
What is the Sailboat retrospective?
The Sailboat is a popular and widespread retrospective technique in Agile teams.
Use this engaging and challenging exercise to help your teammates discuss their progress toward the team goal — no matter whether it's about the latest Sprint or a past project.
⛵ Imagine your team aboard a sailboat ready to set sail for a desert island. The island is your team's objective. The wind represents everything that will help the Sailboat reach the island. The anchor symbolizes things that can slow the boat down on its way. The iceberg, meanwhile, illustrates the dangers that could halt the journey.
Last but not least, the Sailboat activity is a good pick for any team, regardless of their experience level with retrospectives.
The 4 elements of the Sailboat template
Why & when should you use the Sailboat retrospective?
The Sailboat is an excellent retrospective idea to project oneself into the team's near future. It is also an effective technique for aligning all team members towards a common goal, discussed and approved by all.
Has your team been given an ambitious objective recently? Do you believe you still need to get things prepared for that journey? Then, the Sailboat could be a wise choice to make your next retrospective a productive session.
This retrospective's design makes it possible to approach all kinds of concerns and challenges for the team.
Therefore, the team could discuss any of these topics (non-exhaustive list): Collaboration, Fun, Learnings, Mission, Ownership, Process, Resources, Roles, Speed, Value. Nutshell, anything that can help the team continuously improve is worth addressing.
The possibilities are endless with the Sailboat! 🐙