The Wheel of Change Retrospective

Marshall Goldsmith is one of the world’s leading executive coaches. In his book Triggers, Goldsmith introduces a framework for change that he calls the “Wheel of Change“. This framework provides a great template for a Sprint Retrospective or any similar review for a team or larger group.



Draw and label the four quadrants on a whiteboard or poster paper, and have each participant add at least one sticky in each quadrant. Group and label the stickies in each quadrant to see what patterns emerge, then dot vote the groups in each quadrant to see what ideas have the most energy behind them. Pick one specific action for each area of the quadrant, and then get specific about how that change will play out – who needs to be involved, the timeframe for the change, and how you’ll follow up to ensure the change sticks.

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