A New Tool for Retrospectives

 The Dialogue Sheet is a new technique for team retrospectives in Scrum Projects. This technique involves a large sheet of paper that help to create good discussion and teamwork in Agile and Scrum projects.

A dialogue sheet itself is a large sheet of paper, A1 or similar size, which is decorated with questions, quotes, illustrations and space for making notes. The questions on the sheet serve to guide the team through the exercise and focus thinking on the subject of the dialogue sheet. Typically a team of three to eight will spend between one and two hours working the sheet. The team seat themselves around the dialogue sheet and take turns asking the questions, facilitating the discussion and making notes on the sheet itself. Dialogue sheets for retrospectives are now a proven retrospective technique and one with a lot of potential in future not just for retrospectives but for learning generally. While they are not the only retrospective technique they are a new tool in the toolbox.

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