Improve Team Spirit with Care Bear Retrospective

As a Scrum Master, I’m delighted to share with you a form of Scrum retrospective that has always proved its worth: the Care Bear Retrospective. An effective method for building team spirit and creating a climate of constructive criticism.

Sprint retrospective management is a crucial aspect of any Agile project, and Scrum in particular. It’s a time when the team can discuss delicate issues that may reveal collective or personal shortcomings. The Care Bear Retrospective is an alternative approach that highlights the positive points of a sprint, while leaving out the recurring problems.

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Before diving into the Care Bears retrospective session, make sure you have the necessary equipment:

– Square sticky notes

– Pens

This retrospective usually takes 40 minutes, a minimal investment for improved team dynamics.

For the time being, I haven’t found an online tool that would enable me to animate this Scrum retrospective in an ideal way. So, I recommend this retro for a face-to-face team (until I find an online tool capable of managing a good animation of this retro). Don’t hesitate to suggest a tool to liven up this retrospective in the comments!

How to conduct a Care Bear Retrospective

The process of a Care Bear retrospective is surprisingly straightforward, especially in a face-to-face environment where interactions are more direct.

Step 1:

Each team member writes on a note the biggest challenge they encountered during the last sprint, then they exchange these notes with each other.

Duration: 5 minutes

Step 2:

Next, each member presents the problem on the note they’ve received, but in a positive light. This fosters a friendly atmosphere and encourages mutual understanding of problems.

Duration: 10 minutes

Step 3:

After that, the team focuses on developing potential solutions to the problems raised.

Duration: 10 minutes

Step 4:

To conclude, a vote is held to identify the three most important problems to be solved in the next sprint. The carriers and deadlines for these improvement actions are also defined at this stage.

Duration: 10 minutes

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In a nutshell

The Care Bear Retrospective is a great tool for face-to-face teams. By using derision to tackle problems, she promotes a positive working atmosphere and better team cohesion. Try Care Bear Retrospective at your next meeting and share your experiences with us.

Sources and suggested reading

  1. I found this retro on Judicaël Paquet’s MyAgilePartner blog.
  2. Would you rather set up an online retrospective for your remote teams? Read our article comparing free online retrospective tools.

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Strongly involved in Agile methodologies, I have held the roles of Scrum Master, Product Owner and Release Train Engineer for SAFe, Scrum and DevOps projects. My approach focuses on people and stakeholder collaboration, creating environments conducive to innovation and performance.

Since 2016, I have successfully led several Agile software development projects for companies of all sizes, including Odigo, Orange and PSA. My solid experience in Agile methodologies, in particular Scrum and SAFe, has enabled me to work with multicultural teams from countries such as the USA, India, Vietnam and Morocco.

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