Retrospective using story mapping and design thinking

Retrospective using story mapping and design thinking principles

Above is a sample story map activity for a tester persona in a agile team. Its is based on life in the sprint for a persona. We have also mapped the emotions to the activities that the persona is involved with.

The activity details with positive emotions can be mapped to the “whats going well” and the activity details with negative emotions can be tagged to “what needs improvement”.

Once all team members do above activity and record their details in the retrospective chart, they can they create affinity diagram of related items and then pick top 2 areas to improve in the upcoming sprint.(As shown in figure below)



Team can discuss ways of improvement for the top 2 picked areas and track them for upcoming sprints.


tracking actions



Happy continuous improvement šŸ™‚


About aslamhirani

I am working from last 19+ years in areas of Product development, agile coaching, software R&D process consulting. I have been working in agile development model from last 10 years and coaching agile teams from last 6 years in areas of agile assessment, agile adoption, agile transformation, agile scaling, distributed agile development and agile competency development. I work with software R&D organizations to help them improve their effectiveness and efficiency with reuse, process improvement in development and testing, competency development, innovation in R&D, collaboration improvement across teams, automating devops and so on
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