How to adapt ORID for agile Retrospectives

What is ORID?

ORID stands for Objective, Reflective, Interpretive and Decisional.

Interpreted as a consecutive order of stages, it reflects the natural order in which humans think through an issue. In this respect, it’s similar to the basic order of agile retrospectives and therefore can be used as another approach. If you are interested in some more details, check out this PDF about focused conversation from the University of Minnesota.

I used the scheme recently, when we had a Retrospective-Retrospective.

I set the stage by ESVP and continued with the ORID scheme through the rest. Here are the questions, I used:

Objective (by cards):

  • Let’s reflect on the Retrospectives during the last year, what did actually happen…
  • Estimate, how many Retros we had!
  • Estimate, how many hours we spent in Retros!
  • Estimate, how many Actionpoints we worked out!
  • Estimate, how many Actionpoints we actually implemented!

Reflective (by cards):

  • How do you feel about these numbers?
  • Are Retros a productive tool?
  • How did you feel about the Retrospectives?
  • What helped or hindered the team?
  • What animated or frustrated you?

Interpretive (by cards):

  • How could we change the Retrospective?
  • What could we change as a team?
  • What could you personally do different to change something?

Decisional (by dots):

  • Which suggested items shall we put to the test?

The Retrospective was pretty successful, last but not least due to the ORID scheme. I think, this is not suited well for you day to day Retro, but for this special occasion, in which a certain severity was given and communicated, it did fit the needs perfectly.

You can download the template from my Scrum-page or read the post about the Retro-Retro.