Hi Miro Heroes
Last month, Miroverse turned the grand old age of one, and it got us thinking about how far we’ve come — and how far we still have to go. We used this milestone as an opportunity to reflect on the successes and failures of the past year, drawing insights to help us better prepare for the future of Miroverse.
Teams familiar with the Agile methodology call this process a “retrospective” and typically don’t wait for a whole year. Some find it’s most useful at the end of an entire project, quarter, sprint, or event.
Today, we’re kicking off the next Miro templates contest: How Do You Miro? Retrospective Templates Challenge This contest is all about reflection and learning. We’d love to see your favorite activities for looking back and envisioning the future, so please share your best retrospective examples with the community on Miro.
Submission period: June 1-28
Voting & judging: June 28 - July 5
Winners announced: July 5
Voting & judging
Judges' Choice will be awarded by our panel of expert judges. Submissions are judged on their ease of use, layout, and that special fun factor.
People’s Choice award will be based on top likes under the comment here in the online community. Make sure to vote for your favourite template by July 5
How to participate
To enter, please add a comment in this thread with the following details:
- Your full name
- Role and company
- Miro board embedded with your template (view access)
- Instructions on how to use the template
- [Optional] 1-3 min video overview of your template
- Created and designed using Miro
- All information must belong to the board owner (we will reject all submissions containing copyright-protected content on board)
- Must be in English
- Your template must be submitted to Miroverse before the challenge deadline
- By participating in the challenge, you agree that your submission may be published and used for promotional activities by Miro
Community Guest Judge:
@Johanna Torstensson- certified professional Agile Coach in Sweden passionate about coaching and team dynamics. Her mission is to create opportunities for teams to collaborate, where they leave the workshop or meeting with energy and a feeling of really having accomplished something awesome together.
See Johanna’s Sailboat Retrospective Template in Miroverse
Miro Knowledge Expert:
@Lindsey Meredith- Product Marketing Manager at Miro. Lindsey has worked closely with Product and UX teams for the last seven years on developing and implementing remote collaboration practices in their teams.
See Lindsey’s Facilitating Agile Retrospectives Workshop template in Miroverse
Miroverse Team Judge:
@Mariam Danielian- Mariam coordinates the content production for Miro templates and oversees Miroverse templates library publications. She is inspired by the creativity of Miro users who turn an endless empty canvas into a universe of their own creation and is passionate about sharing their work with others.
Happy collaborating and good luck!
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Retrospective VICE VERSA
Inspired by Pixar's VICE VERSA, this retrospective is perfectly suited to teleworking teams wishing to inspect the way they work and gain efficiency.
Participants describe it as very dynamic, fun and effective.
JOY, SADNESS, FEAR, ANGER and DISGUST accompany the team in 5 workshops to help them build a SMART action plan in a good mood.
SET THE STAGE
This is the time to welcome the participants, introduce them to the characters, align them on the mindset to be adopted in the retrospective, and take everyone's emotional temperature and give everyone a voice
This is the moment to recall what has happened since the last retrospective or since the beginning of the period under discussion. This step allows you to retrieve all the useful data for the future and to position them on top of the timeline if they are positive and below if they are not.
This is the time to come up with ideas that we can then turn into SMART action. As COLERE says, all ideas are good, so let's not be afraid to submit them
DECIDE WHAT TO DO
This is the time to write down really actionable items and commit to them. This step is easier when all the previous steps have been completed.
We end here with a management 3.0 tool (Happiness Door) that combines the happiness index and the feedback door. This little game allows you to thank the participants for their work and to ask them for their feedback before leaving.
Crystal Watson, Scrum Master, UMB
Let the team put post-its on what they think were a nightmare, was Stranger than Fiction, What was an unexpected twist. It is up to the team member to determine if good or bad. We then discussed and determined what we could improve.
Retro Name: Team Sustainability Retrospective
This retrospective template was inspired by the 8th agile principle from the Agile Manifesto: Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely. The retro uses the theme of sustainability through out the 5 step process which include a number of fun activities. This retro can be used by any Agile team that is looking to identify and eliminate wasteful activities.
In line with the theme of sustainability, the visuals have recycled as many of the standard built in Miro features as possible.
How does the Team Sustainability retrospective work?
Each activity must be tackled in the order in which they are listed in the template over 5 key steps. Timings for the retro are flexible depending upon the size of your team, but typically it should be completed within 60 mins:
1) Step 1: Set the Stage - Kick off with 2 fun icebreakers by selecting which item you would take with you on a desert island, and gauge how the previous iteration went for you by picking the most relevant weather icon.
2) Step 2: Gather Data - The main part of the retro asks teams to identify what they are most proud of from the previous iteration to celebrate key successes. Then identify the most wasteful activities within the team by using the 7 Lean wastes.
3) Step 3: Generate Insights - Each team member should transfer their stick notes from the previous board to the most relevant circle of influence - this will help the team focus on the things that they have control over as a priority.
4) Step 4: Decide What To Do - Each team member should transfer their sticky notes within the sphere of influence that the team can control to the appropriate quadrant in this board. This will enable group consensus on the things the team wish to improve as part of the next iteration.
5) Step 5: Close the Retrospective - This is a fun way to end the retro where the team will identify commitments to make the world a better place. These could include any theme such as, how to help the environment by recycling more, helping others by having regular coffee catch-ups to improve their mental health, etc.
I hope you enjoy the Team Sustainability Retro!
@Chris Stone, @DWestgarth, @Martina Bonetti, @Steven Sampson-Jones, @Clyde D'Souza @Laurence Wood , @GuillaumeL, @nagrap @Crystal Watson and all the guests of this challenge
Many thanks to all participants for sharing your amazing boards!
I’m here to tell you that we closed this thread for new submissions yesterday, and our judges take a week to choose the winner
Public voting for the People’s Choice is also open until July 4th (EOD), so let’s get voting! Please put a thumbs-up under the post if you like the template. Participants can also share a link to this thread with your network and get their support (NOTE: we only count the likes under your comment here in the Miro online community).
Stay tuned! We will get back to you on July 5th and announce the winners
Hi everyone and especially
@Steven Sampson-Jones @Clyde D'Souza @Martina Bonetti @Chris Stone @nagrap @GuillaumeL @Laurence Wood @DWestgarth @Crystal Watson
Ta-da! I am happy to announce the winners of this How Do You Miro? Retrospective Templates Challenge
Ladies and gentlemen,
The winners are:
The prizes will soon be on their way to the winners and all the participants who followed the entry requirements.
The winners will also see a new badge in their community profile soon
We want to thank everyone for participating in this challenge and sharing your awesome boards! Most of these templates will soon appear in our Miroverse and will become available to all Miro users.
Stay tuned for the next challenge! And if you don’t want to miss it, subscribe to this category to receive an email notification when we launch a new contest.
Have a good one
That’s fantastic news—thank you, judges!
That’s fantastic news—thank you, judges!
@Steven Sampson-Jones. Your board is awesome. You deserve it :-)
Thanks for the opportunity to showcase our work Mironeers, congratulations
Always a pleasure seeing
@DWestgarth, @Chris Stone and @nagrap’s work and creativity. Shout out also to @Martina Bonetti and @GuillaumeL’s templates, I’ll be test driving them myself later this week.
Hey Miroboard designers and especially @Steven Sampson-Jones
@Clyde D'Souza @Martina Bonetti @Chris Stone @nagrap @GuillaumeL @Laurence Wood @DWestgarth @Crystal Watson
I had the honor of being the Community Guest Judge in this challenge. After browsing Miroverse as prep for this task, I knew there were lots of talented people out there designing virtual boards. But not like this…😲 Wow, I´m totally blown away of all your creativity and deep knowledge of the building blocks of a successful Retrospective template! 🚀
Thank you everyone who participated in this challenge and big congrats to the winners!
🥇Clyde D´Souza with his creative and playful “Retrospective in the Island of Golocans” were you as participant are exploring sweets fruits, hidden gold and hopefully find message in a bottle on the Islands. But, be aware… there might be pirates 🏴☠️ on the shore! Excellent job creating an exciting journey to make the Retrospective extra fun!
🥇Steven Sampson-Jones with his beautiful hand-drawn “Marvellous Retrospective” illustrations 🐱🏍, while all the steps for a successful Retrospective outcome was included in the template. A design that will boost the participants to be creative during the retro session for sure. Well done!
You all made an amazing contribution to this challenge, and I´m so happy to have you in my network.
Johanna Torstensson (Agile Coach in Sweden)
I am fairly new to Miro and was amazed at the boards that were submitted. I have learned more about using Miro by reviewing these boards. I have also been challenged to up my retrospective game. Congratulations to the winners, you deserved it.
Hi here is our ‘Richer Retrospectives’ Miro board….
Instructions on how to use the template:
This informal retro is fast to learn. It helps teams to discuss their challenges, assess their performance, and decide on an improvement they wish to focus on next. The orange universal cards help any team using any approach. Teams adopting Agile will value the green fusion cards. The pink cards are Agile-specific for more mature teams. Facilitators sometimes review the cards in advance and stack them so that players are not distracted by reading ahead. Putting the most pertinent cards at the top can help engage the team quickly.
Where can I get other examples of cards?