This activity foster innovation and challenges the current activities performed by the team.

Running the activity:
1. Start by reading the following quote
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” ― Albert Einstein
2. Bring the participants attention to the box metaphor (If possible, bring a box with you).
Inside this box are all activities performed by the team. Please open the box…
3. Split the whiteboard or canvas in 3 areas. Draw the open box in the center.
4. Explain each of the areas:
Please add your notes to the areas accordingly:   
  • Which activities should
    be removed from it?
  • Which activities should be added?
  • What to recycle?
Below are examples from two small teams using this retrospective activity.
distributed team Sprint retrospective


sample team retrospective whiteboard – open the box activity

I have created this activity after being inspired by Silvio Meira’s talk (in Portuguese) on innovation.

Remote team’ advice: Click on the bottom below, share the URL with the retrospectives participants  and use your favorite remote communication tool.