The Speed Car retrospective is a simple tool that can help your team focus on two things: what’s driving them forward, and what’s holding them back.
This exercise works great for co-located teams but can easily be adapted for remote working. We have included adaptions after the method.
Facilitation of this retrospective can be easily achieved through an online digital canvas such as Mural or Miro. It may be tricky to live-draw your car so you might want to prepare this in advance of the event. As with any remote retrospective, be mindful that things take that little bit longer than they would face-to-face.
Asking questions during the retrospective may help the team unpack some of their more complex challenges. In particular, this retrospective may bring up issues or challenges you’ve heard the team raise before so you may want to ask:
“I’ve heard us speak about this previously. What can we do to make progress here?”
Great for recurring topics, or issues that haven’t yet been tackled by the team.
“What do we want to do to progress with this issue?”
Useful if the team are going round in circles on a theme without yet coming to a solution.
“You’ve mentioned this challenge before. How might we improve in this space?”
Again, great for topics that have come up in previous retrospectives that haven’t been tackled.
This retrospective can be a powerful tool to help teams think clearly about what is preventing them from progressing but also to reflect on what’s great about their existing ways of working.
Give it a go and let us know how it worked for you and your team!
The Speed Car is a well-known retrospective tool and was used in the first ever retrospective I was part of as a member of a Scrum Team.
Chris is an experienced Scrum Master with a demonstrated history of challenging the assumptions that impede Agile transformation. He's passionate about people and fostering the culture needed to grow and deliver great digital products.
Chris is a skilled trainer who has a hunger for learning, something he role models and aims to impart on the individuals and teams he works with. He's a Doctor of Philosophy with a background in further education and was a lecturer in history before becoming a Scrum Master.
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