What is a mad, sad, glad retrospective meeting?
Projects can be a roller coaster of emotions, right? From an exciting start, to a stressful push at the end, to a whole range of emotions felt throughout. The mad, sad, glad format for retrospective meetings gives your team a dedicated space to explore these emotions. It serves as an easy-to-follow, yet powerful, feedback mechanism that fosters better teamwork and project outcomes. By categorizing experiences into three emotional buckets: mad (frustrating), sad (disappointing), and glad (satisfying), teams get a nuanced view of their emotional landscape.
What are the benefits of a mad, sad, glad retrospective?
The mad, sad, glad format gives your retrospective meeting a fresh and creative touch. It offers a space to reflect emotionally on a recent project or sprint. This helps in:
Fostering open communication: by setting the stage for open dialogues about frustrations, disappointments, and wins, no sentiment goes unaddressed.
Boosting team morale: when the team can freely express themselves and feel heard, morale inevitably improves.
Identifying issues early: the sooner you catch the 'mads' and 'sads,' the quicker you can flip them to 'glads.'
Strategizing for improvement: the meeting ends with concrete action plans to keep the ‘glads’ coming and minimize the 'mads' and 'sads.'
Key components of this template
Customizable sections: Customize this template to meet your team's specific needs.
- Creating a safe space / warm-up activities: Initiate the meeting on a light and engaging note — encouraging open communication. This section contains ideas for warm-up activities to help you set the right tone.
- Norms and expectations: Establishes the main rules and expectations for a respectful and constructive retrospective.
- Mad, sad, glad retrospective: The core of the meeting, where team members express their emotions and thoughts related to various aspects of the project.
- Prioritizing issues: Categorize and prioritize the issues that need urgent attention and discussion.
- Discussion: An interactive session aimed at diving deep into the prioritized issues and finding feasible solutions or improvements.
- Action items: Concluding the meeting by setting clear, actionable tasks.- Mad, sad, glad retrospective: The core of the meeting, where team members express their emotions and thoughts related to various aspects of the project.
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