What is it?
The Realtime Retrospective technique was created by Emily Webber1 in the UK. This is a great way to capture feedback from a large number of participants in realtime over an extended period of time. By the middle/end of the Realtime Retrospective you should have:
- Feedback in a timeline like fashion that are both positive and negative things
- A capture of the mood and reaction of people over the course of time in a realtime manner
- Lots of sticky notes on a wall
Why use Realtime Retrospective?
- Let’s face it, nobody likes filling out surveys, especially if it’s more than 3 questions. Why not have them write unfiltered, uncensored, and quick feedback at the time they think of it? Realtime Retrospectives provide a low bar of entry and is voluntary and easy to participate anonymously.
- For long running days or weeks with multiple sessions/activities, you can visibly see people’s moods or grasp of the information in realtime
- When running similar sessions in quick succession, you may need to improve quickly and sometimes adjust on the fly.
- Timeline Retrospectives by Patrick Kua2 uses a similar approach to gathering feedback in a sequential order
- Linda Rising has a concept of the Continuous Retrospective3 that uses the timeline aspect of the Timeline Retrospective and to reflect on it everyday as a team.
Who do you need?
- “Facilitator” (Person to setup/cleanup)
- People (anybody that was there during the timeframe)
- ~10 Minutes setting up and cleaning up
- Wall is kept up over the course of 1-5 days for active participation
- Facilitator: Easy
- Participants: Easy
Facilitation Materials Needed
- Drawing paper roll4. Stickies tend to fall off walls otherwise
- 8x6 sticky notes5
- At least 3 different colors of small 3x3 square sticky notes6
- Painters Tape
Realtime Retrospectives are a great way to reflect back and could be used during most any phase of the Double Diamond7 model.
Additional Resources for Red Hatters (we are working to share more broadly)
- Red Hatters can access secondary adaptation on how to facilitate a Realtime Retrospective here