The Three Little Pigs Retrospective Template
What is the Three Little Pigs retrospective technique?
Do you remember that classic tale named the Three Little Pigs? We are sure you remember James Halliwell-Phillipps' story, but let's refresh our memories just a bit.
The Big Bad Wolf actively threatens the Three Little Pigs; therefore, our three friends need to do something to save their lives. So each of them decides to build their own house with a specific material choice.
One pig builds his house with straw, another chooses sticks, and the last one goes with bricks. The Wolf easily blows off the first two houses but, fortunately, struggles with the brick house.
So how does this famous tale works in a retrospective format? Although you can tackle a wide range of challenges through this retrospective technique, the Three Little Pigs is a fun way to discuss your team's processes.
To understand the point of this technique, you need to classify your ideas in three columns:
The house of straw (anything weak that we do)
The house of sticks (kind of solid, but could collapse at any time)
The house of bricks (real solid)
Well... do you believe your team crafts a product (or conducts a project) made of straw, sticks, or bricks? Do you think the Big Bad Wolf can end up being a real threat at some point? 🐷
The 3 elements of Three Little Pigs
Why & when should you use the Three Little Pigs retrospective?
The Three Little Pigs retrospective is an excellent choice to examine any unstable parts of your Sprint, project, or product and make them solid. In addition, this activity is a chance to celebrate all the really solid and reliable things your team does.
The Three Little Pigs is undoubtedly one of the best retrospectives to learn from our failures in a relaxed way. The output of such a retrospective will help your team members get better together.
Moreover, this format will help you break the retrospective routine.
We recommend the Three Little Pigs activity for any Sprint Retrospective (or recurring team retrospective, if you don't work with Sprints). You can also pick this format for a fun yet effective project post-mortem that heavily relies on how your next project could be improved. Finally, the Three Little Pigs technique can be an exciting choice for self-reflection sessions.
The Three Little Pigs retrospective template is a fun way to discuss your team's challenges. Besides, this activity perfectly works in a remote work context!
You can try the Three Little Pigs 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.