Every now and then we like to feature a framework created by one of our Weavers that we think has broad value in the community. In this design tip, I’d like to share two frameworks that extend the basic use of the
Sailboat/Speedboat retrospective technique into something far more powerful. In the process, we can also explore how to design a canvas that includes multiple frameworks.
Sailboat + Kanban
This framework, designed by Agile Transformation lead
with a Kanban board to create a two-phase retrospective.
Phase one is a traditional retrospective, in which the team identifies impediments (anchors) and accelerants (puffs of wind). After a break, participants start Phase two and identify which specific impediments are under their control and which they will tackle, tracking their work in a simple Kanban board.
The twist is that Kamal cleverly split the Kanban board into two parts: one for the participants and one for the leadership team. This allows the team to understand their role in helping the organization become more Agile, helps leaders identify their commitment to improvements and enables Agile coaches to track multiple forms of progress in a very simple manner.
This framework is also designed to leverage Weave’s long-running forums, in which you can start a forum and leave it running for days, weeks or even months. Of course, I don’t really expect that you’ll use the same framework or even the same retrospective technique for months at a time – your team would likely get bored and the quality of the interaction would degrade. But Kamal’s insight shows that you can integrate multiple frameworks into a single image, creating greater impact in the team.