Activity: Timeline

Use this to gather data in a longer iteration, release, or project retrospective.


Stimulate memories of what happened during the increment of work. Create a picture of the work from many perspectives. Examine assumptions about who did what when. See patterns or when energy levels changed. Use this for “just the facts” or facts and feelings.

Time Needed

Thirty to ninety minutes, depending on the size of the group and the length of the increment of work.


Group members write cards to represent memorable, personally meaningful, or otherwise significant events during the iteration, release, or project and then post them in (roughly) chronological order. The retrospective leader supports the team to discuss ...

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