This week almost all of my teams ended their sprint. As we always do, at the end of each sprint we look back and reflect on what went well and what we can improve.
To do so, a Scrum Master/Agile Coach should have a lot of different retrospective styles in their toolbox. The idea behind it is, if you don’t do the same thing over and over again, it doesn’t become routine and you can get non-standard ideas.
Different styles will be conducted in different ways. Different questions will provide different answers, but that doesn’t matter.
It doesn’t matter because the goal, the purpose of every retrospective is one and one only. Find something we can improve on for the next sprint. If you think like that, the journey can be whatever you want it to be, as long as you reach that goal.