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The Treasure Island Retrospective

By Paul

21 June 2013 (Last updated 23 January 2020)

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A team enjoying their Retrospective.

This short video demonstrates how to run the Treasure Island retrospective, which we devised and ran for one of our Scrum teams. We’re really chuffed with the response to this retro: the video has had over 30,000 views so far.

It uses the 5 stages of a retrospective described by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen in their book Agile Retrospectives. These are:

  1. Setting the Stage
  2. Gathering Data
  3. Generating Insight
  4. Deciding What to Do
  5. Close Out.

It asks the team to go in search of their treasure on Treasure Island, using their strengths to overcome any obstacles they might find on the way.  We hope you enjoy and thanks for reading/watching.

If you use the Treasure Island retrospective, we’d love to hear your experiences or any other thoughts you’d like to share with us about this retro.

Further reading

The art of the retrospective — get tips and resources to help keep your retrospectives rewarding

Retrospective plans

All retrospective ideas

Individual strengths retrospective — reinforce everyone’s strengths

Golden moments retrospective — when a project or phase ends

Welcome aboard retrospective — when new team members join

Development continuum retro — tailor your skill-building

Google Forms remote retro — step-by-step guide with pros & cons

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