Don’t use red post-it if the doesn’t mean anything

15 12 2008


I will start this blog with a small simple tip.

Don’t use red post-it if the doesn’t have a special meaning.

Retrospective activity like “Mad, Sad, and Glad” and a lot of similar activities use different meanings to different colors when collecting data in your retrospective or similar meeting. There is nothing wrong with that, it can be very effective. But the next time when the colors don’t mean anything you got a small problem.

I used to hand out what ever color I have in my bag. I recently participated in a release retrospective where the facilitator was doing just like me, that’s when I realize that the red notes just pop up in my “picture” of the history and my attention where constantly drawn to these small red notes. I didn’t have the same experience with the green and yellow, I Guess it all comes down to the “warning” the red color signals.

So from now on I don’t give out the red unles the have a special meaning.

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