The most rewarding retrospectives include two essential elements: questions that spark introspective brilliance and 2) sugar.
From there, it was an infinitesimal step to the creation of my first batch of retrospective fortune cookies.
Each retrospective cookie comes with a delicious Agile-centric question wrapped in a delicious cookie. Did I mention that there are cookies?
There are cookies.
During your next retrospective, have each team member select a cookie (there are 10 in each box), open it, eat it (the cookie), and answer it (the question). We suggest giving your team five minutes of silent writing time to answer the questions and savor their cookie. Then have them share their answers, one by one, and follow-up with questions and comments as appropriate.