development leadership

Lean Coffee Retrospectives

screenshot-2016-10-03-at-22-22-58In the comments to the previous Everyone Has A Voice post, I was asked to expand some more on the Lean Coffee Retrospective. It’s not a new idea, but it’s definitely one worth sharing in the hope that it helps others.

I first encountered the Lean Coffee format at last year’s CodeCraftConf, and read about its use as a retrospective format. We’ve used Trello’s Giphy power-up to annotate the cards, to give them some life, and to make them easier to identify. We use Trello stickers for voting, so we can identify who is voting, as it’s a great way to see who’s interested in a topic but hasn’t spoken up.

We use the STOP, START, CONTINUE format to classify what we want to talk about, and recycle the single board every week, by archiving just those columns, and copying action items to the backlog.

Is this a format you’ve tried? How did it work for you?

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