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Activity from the book Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.

Explain the first categories:

  1. Explorer, exciting to be in the retro and eager to discover and learn new things.
  2. Shopper, happy to be in the retro and open to learn new things.
  3. Vacationer, glad to be away from his desk.
  4. Prisoner, totally doesn’t like the retro and it is punishment (s)he needs to be here.

Ask people to write down their feeling on a sticky note. An E, S, V or P will do. Ask them to fold the papers. As the facilitator, mark the score on the flip chart. Make sure you put the sticky notes back in your pocket, keep it anonymous and throw them away afterwards.

Discuss the results, in case you got all prisoners; I would advise you to improvise and talk about why they feel like a prisoner.