Learn how to facilitate the sticky note technique WRAP

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While not as common as other techniques, this retrospective technique gives your team the opportunity to inspect itself or an experience from different perspectives. This technique works especially well to uncover hidden issues or concerns, and it is a great way to mix up the format of your meetings if they’re getting stale.

By focusing equally on what’s possible with wishes and risks, the team can think creatively and practically at the same time. The appreciations and puzzles also give people on your team the space to acknowledge each other and ask any open questions that might be present.

Facilitating the Process

The process of running this type of retrospective in Retrium works like this:

  1. Everyone brainstorms ideas to add to sticky notes under the “wishes,” “risks,” “appreciations,” and “puzzles” columns in the “think” phase

  2. The team then organizes sticky notes they with to discuss together during the “group” stage 

  3. Everyone privately votes on which notes or groups they think are important to discuss during the “vote” phase

  4. Retrium organizes the most important topics in order of votes during the “discuss” step, where your team can choose to discuss one or more items and turn the next steps into specific action items

  5. The team can then reflect on the effectiveness of the retrospective as a whole during the “close” phase, and your team can choose to review those results before concluding the meeting