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Goals Alignment Team Radar

Why are we running this team retrospective? Why are we even here? If people are asking these questions, it might be a sign that your agile team lacks alignment around the overarching goal of your retrospectives. But why? Where is the disconnect? The Goals Alignment Team Radar is a valuable retrospective tool that can help answer these questions for your scrum team so that they can get back on the road towards continuous improvement.

Use this template when you want to...

Ensure that everyone understands the purpose of the retrospective.

Align the team on the strategic goals of the retrospective experience.

Preparing for the Retrospective

The Goals Alignment Team Radar template comes with 5 suggested  areas of focus:

  1. Reflect: Examine successes and failures from a past event
  2. Clarity: Look for an answer to why certain issues occurred
  3. Solution: Think of solutions or an action plan for ongoing problems
  4. Team bonding: Get to know each other better on a team level
  5. Improved psychological safety: Build a more trusting and honest environment 

To ensure a smoother retrospective experience, make sure that everyone on the team understands and agrees on the definitions for each area of focus. Once everyone understands the questions they are answering, it's time to gather data!

Gathering Data

During the Collect Phase, each team member responds to the question being asked by indicating how much they feel a topic aligns with the goal of the retrospective on a scale of 1-5, where 1 is the lowest rating and 5 is the highest.

If you find your team needs to address a specific concern, you can add or edit the radar spokes to better fit your individual team's needs. Team radars allow participants to remain completely anonymous during the entire radar activity. This prevents groupthink and allows for more honest feedback, as team members won't be swayed by the opinions of others.

Exploring The Results

Once everyone has shared their feedback, the team moves on to the Analyze Phase to review and discuss the results.

Retrium provides easy data visualizations that help agile teams easily analyze multiple response values, including:

  • Individual Responses
  • Average
  • Median
  • Range
  • Standard Deviation
  • Outliers
  • Normal Distribution
  • Histogram

Leading The Discussion

Once the team has reviewed the results of the Radar, the facilitator can lead a discussion on the wide range of results with questions like:

Closing The Retro

By the end of this radar, you will have data-driven evidence regarding alignment on organizational goals. For teams that schedule retrospectives consistently, running a Goals Alignment Team Radar at a regular cadence can help you gain a broad range of valuable insights into what your team is looking for in each retrospective meeting.

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