Team Radar Retrospective - Tips & Tricks

Team Radar
Team Radar

The Team Radar is a nice retro activity. I provide some tips and improvements in this blog post.


  • Agenda with a team radar (spider net) example, to describe the method
  • A wall / flipchart for the team radar with a central point and four pre-drawn arrows in the four cardinal directions. (A paper flipchart is ideal, because you can simply count ten squares to draw each scale from 0-10)
    • Improvement: Draw eight arrows in advance
  • Post-Its, markers
  • Tape (for the flipchart and the agenda)

Set the stage

Your choice

Gather Data (15-30 minutes)

  • Collect "attributes for effective work in a Scrum team"
    • Pick a general topic for the attributes
  • Whole Team, one team member writes the attributes on Post-Its
  • Find 5-8 attributes, reduce attributes with Dot-Voting if needed
  • Draw the additional direction arrows
  • Let every team member vote (draw a stroke on the scale from 0-10) for each attribute
    • Improvement: Reach independency of votes, e.g. collect individual votes on Post-Its and draw them together with a team member
  • Draw the spider net (ask the team which point to use, e.g. low, high, middle, median)
    • Tipp: draw a circle around the votes to visualize spread
    • Suggestion: Use the most inner point for the spider net

Generate Insights (20-30 minutes)

  • Open discussion with a short timebox: "What catches your eye?" Lead the discussion to "interesting findings", e.g. spread, outliers, high or low votes,
    • Issue: Depending on the question or the participants, this could immediately lead to deep analysis. You may have to adapt the further agenda then
  • Identify with the team topics to analyze further (totally dependent on the wish of the team, this might be DoT Voting)
  • Use pairs/small team to create ideas for measures, Then merge the ideas in the whole group
    • Tipp: visualize them next to the attribute on the team radar
    • Issue: How to get "good" measures? This is an area for further improvement.

Decide what to do (5-10 minutes)

  • If you have several measures, simply do a Dot-Voting and let the team pick the top 1-3 measures "As a team, we want to try next sprint:".
    • Improvement: You may rewrite the measure to fulfill the SMART-criteria
  • Let the team decide on an owner for each measure "Who cares for it next Sprint"
    • Alternative: The teams puts the tasks on the board
    • Improvement. Add a hypothesis (what you want to achieve) to each measure.


Your choice

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