The Zombie Apocalypse Retrospective Template

An horrifying Agile retrospective idea! Will your team survive the toughest challenges?
Zombie Apocalypse Retrospective Illustration for Neatro
Zombie Apocalypse Retrospective Template in Neatro

What is the Zombie Apocalypse retrospective?

This retrospective's level of difficulty is medium
Difficulty Level

The end of the world has arrived!!!

Well, not exactly. It's just a zombie invasion, and it should be contained to your next retrospective only. Phew.

However, your only chance of getting out of this is to cooperate and fight as a united group. Will your team survive it?

What's the nice twist about this adventure? Like any great warrior, each participant will have to enumerate and discuss lessons learned from the last iteration to become stronger. Then team members will raise ideas to strengthen the group for the next raid (or the next iteration - you got the picture).

Let the resistance shine! 🧟

The 5 elements of the Zombie Apocalypse

Retrospective Column The Bestiary in Neatro
The Bestiary
Identify the enemies we have faced.
e.g., a headless deployment script, ready to tear our guts apart.
Retrospective Column The Stop by the Gun Shop in Neatro
Stop by the Gun Shop
What tools and techniques have proven to be very useful?
e.g., our checkpoint with marketing survivors gave us a better understanding of their roadmap.
Retrospective Column The perfect plan... or is it? in Neatro
The perfect plan... or is it?
Where and when did things go wrong? Why?
e.g., our support response time has increased significantly. Our own customers almost devoured us because of this!
Retrospective Column The Survivors Diary in Neatro
The Survivors Diary
What lessons have we learned from our adventures?
e.g., our surviving developers and designers would benefit from working together a little bit more.
Retrospective Column Unity is Strength in Neatro
Unity is Strength
How can we improve our group dynamics?
e.g., take the time to highlight our team successes #OneDayAtATime

Why & when should you use the Zombie Apocalypse retrospective?

This activity will bring a good dose of creativity to your next retrospective. Joining forces as a team to fight hordes of zombies doesn't happen every day, right?

Used as a Sprint retrospective activity, the Zombie Apocalypse will help you make a general diagnosis of your last work cycle. See by yourself! 👇

The team will first be able to identify the challenges encountered along the way. Then participants will take stock of the tools and processes that have made their life easier. Next, the team members will state why and how some things did not happen as originally planned. Then there will be a sequence where the survivors - hmm hmm, the participants - will share the lessons learned from the last iteration. Finally, each member will suggest ideas to strengthen the group dynamic.

Use this retrospective idea as Halloween approaches... or anytime you feel you're ready for this adventure.

Where can I find the Zombie Apocalypse retrospective?

The Zombie Apocalypse retrospective idea is a creative activity made by the Neatro team. We have built and enhanced this template with the support of the Neatro community.

You can try the Zombie Apocalypse 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.

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