One Word Before Leaving is a check-out activity used to verify everyone’s feelings before closing the retrospective. Typically, it is a great moment for people to share their feelings, especially when they have been very enthusiastic with the retrospective.

Running the activity:

  1. Ask them to describe their feelings (before they leave the room) in one word.
    “Please share with us in one word how you are feeling now, at the end of this retrospective.”
  2. Add the words to an open canvas.
  3. Ask if someone wants to share more about their selected word.

This activity is very motivational, inspiring people to speak out loud about how they feel at the end of the retrospective. Typically, it gets highly motivated people to infect other participants right before closing the meeting.


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