Happiness Radar for a Timeline is a variation of the previous activity and gets the average happiness over a timeline. It works well for a release retrospective. The main difference for it and the typical happiness radar is that the column titles are time-based, instead of being area-specific.

Running the activity:

  1. Decide and draw the timeline for collecting feedback on happiness (as table column titles). One suggestion is to have milestones to remind the team of events that happened in that time (e.g., end of sprints, releases, someone joining the team).
    Given the context, I would like to know your feelings during each of these points in time.
  2. Draw the happy/ok/sad faces (as table row titles).
  3. Ask the team to place their marks on the canvas:
    So, for each of these moments, please let us know how you felt on average. For instance, if you were happy about our release 1, please make one mark on the release 1/happy cell.


This activity works well with large groups in which the context includes a long timeline for an event (for instance, from nine months ago since that event; last month; the past three days—from the day the event started until now).


Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams. Use a remote board of your choice.