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AI Driven Continuous Improvement - Part 1 - Creating retrospectives

I have a theory that AI can help me to improve retrospectives. This multi-part blog series will explore experiments around potential use cases for using AI to help with continuous improvement.





Experiment 1 - Creating new retrospectives using AI


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Using AI will speed up my creation of retrospective questions


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I chose a theme, asked it the following type of question;


"Create some Christmas themed questions to ask at a retrospective meeting"


I played with it for a few minutes and selected 5 I liked.


Note, I pressed 'try again' a few times, or asked for 'More' before I was happy with my top 5 for each theme


You can also try these additional follow up questions to refine the responses ChatGPT provides;


- Make them more piratey

- Refine these further

- Give me 5 more

- Rephrase these questions


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1. What gifts did we receive this sprint, and how can we use them to improve in the future?

2. What good tidings did we bring to our customers or stakeholders, and how can we continue to spread cheer in the future?

3. How can we use the spirit of the season to foster collaboration and teamwork within our team?

4. What were the most heartwarming or joyous moments of this sprint, and how can we continue to experience these in the future?

5. What were the most festive moments of this sprint, and how can we build on them in the future?


Not bad! The first 3 came out within 2 responses from ChatGPT, the others took a few additional prompts. Time to creation > 5 minutes.


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1. What were the biggest battles or skirmishes that we faced this sprint, and how did we emerge victorious?

2. What were the most valuable or useful pieces of treasure that we discovered this sprint, and how can we make the most of them in the future?

3. What new lands or territories did we explore this sprint, and how can we continue to expand our horizons in the future?

4. How can we use the spirit of adventure and exploration to foster collaboration and teamwork within our team, and how can we continue to build on this in the future?

5. How can we avoid walking the plank in the next iteration? What risks should we be wary of?


Loved the use of new lands or territories to explore and expand horizons as a team, builds in futurespection. This one took a bit more refinement so took about 10 minutes in total.


What are my thoughts on this experiment?


- I consider myself creative, having personally created 500+ prompts for continuous improvement, this created prompts quicker than I ever could.

- I inputted some existing prompts of my creation and it provided alternatively worded ones, some of which I preferred.

- With a bit of practice, I could teach it to build me new retrospective content and accelerate my ability to keep meetings fresh for my teams

- 2 new retrospectives created in 20 minutes whilst also writing this post at the same time. Rapid.


It may just become a default part of my creative toolkit


What are your thoughts folks? How are you using AI with your teams?

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