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Sailboat Retrospective

Sailboat Retrospective

Embark on a nautical journey with the Sailboat retrospective. This imaginative format invites teams to visualize their journey, challenges, and aspirations through the metaphor of sailing. It's not just about reflection; it's about doing so with creativity and a touch of whimsy. Perfect for teams that appreciate a break from the conventional and are eager to set sail on a sea of fresh perspectives.

When to Choose Sailboat

The Sailboat retrospective is ideal when you sense the team needs a jolt of creativity or when the usual formats seem to have lost their spark. It's especially effective for teams that benefit from visual metaphors, helping them see challenges and goals in a new light. If you're aiming to infuse some energy and imaginative thinking into your retrospective session, let the Sailboat guide your team's discussions.

Warm up

Set the scene for a maritime adventure. Play some soothing island tunes and kick things off with an IceBreaker. It's all about creating a relaxed and cheerful ambiance, setting the stage for open and positive discussions. 🌺

πŸ’¨ Wind

Things helping the team

Just like the wind propels a sailboat forward, this column is about the positive forces driving your team. It's a space to acknowledge the tools, practices, or even team dynamics that are pushing you in the right direction.

βš“οΈ Anchor

Things slowing the team down

Anchors, while essential, can also hold the boat back. Here, the team can discuss what's weighing them down or preventing them from moving at the desired pace. It's about identifying obstacles and brainstorming ways to lift them.

πŸ§—β€β™€οΈ Rocks

The risks or potential pitfalls

Every sailor is wary of rocks – they represent unseen challenges. In this section, the team can discuss potential risks or challenges that might be lurking just beneath the surface, ensuring they're prepared to navigate around them.

🏝 Island

The ultimate goal or vision

The island symbolizes the team's aspirations – the destination they're striving towards. It's a reminder of the bigger picture, the ultimate goals, and the vision that the team is working towards.


The Sailboat retrospective is more than just a feedback session; it's a creative journey. By visualizing challenges and goals in the context of a sailing adventure, teams can gain fresh insights and perspectives, making the path to continuous improvement an engaging voyage.

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