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Zone of Genius Retrospective

Better understand your team's strengths and help each-other be successful.

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This template is part of our

Run Retrospectives like a Pro

course.

Description

What is a Zone of Genius Retrospective?

A Zone of Genius Retrospective is a workshop to better understand your team's strengths and help each-other be more successful. It's based on Sahil Bloom's popular Twitter thread.

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Zone of Genius Retrospective

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Explanation

How to do a Zone of Genius Retrospective?

1. Breaking the ice

Learn what your team thinks their starting point is, when it comes to working in their Zone of Genius. Every team member chooses an emoji, and puts it on a slider scale from 0% to 100%.

2. Gather data

Help your team to better understand what their Zone of Genius, by combining personal perspectives by other team members ideas. This helps your team to better understand what they are great at, what they are bad at, and when other team members perceive you to be in a flow-state.

3. Generate insights

Mapping the answers of the previous exercise will help you and your team to visualise skills and capabilities on a competence/passion matrix. This helps your team to find their Zone of Genius, and work with danger zones like the Zone of Excellence (things you're great at, but don't like doing).

4. Decide what to do

Based on the insights every team member now writes down for themselves how they can maximize the time spent in their Zone of Genius. You can help each other by deciding what you want to outsource and delegate.

5. Check out

Close the workshop by reflecting on the value of the activities done. Ask the team to score the probability of them working more in their Zone of Genius.

FAQ

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How can I copy and edit this template?

Create a free account for Miro (digital whiteboard). The template is created in such a way, that once you've copied it, you can use it for your team right away. Read the instructions here.

Do I need a paid Miro account?

No, a free Miro account allows you to have 3 active Miro boards. You can either archive old Miro boards, or combine this template with one of your existing boards.

Is this template for beginners or advanced Miro users?

Both. It's designed in such a way that you don't need Miro experience to use this template. More advanced users love the template structure and new ways of working in our templates.

Are the templates available in Mural or Lucidspark as well?

Not by design, and we don't have any plans for it. But, it's possible to import Miro boards into Lucidspark. For Mural there's no easy fix right now... :)

Is support included?

Yes, we will help you out where possible. For more advanced questions, we might direct you to one of our Agile Coaches or courses.