Rose, Bud, Thorn Retrospective Overview
Rose, Bud, Thorn is an exercise to help understand what’s working, what’s not, and areas of opportunity for a specific problem or topic. It's very useful at any point in your project, or even outside the context of a project for team building, getting feedback on a presentation, etc.
How to facilitate
- Identify the focus area for your exercise ahead of the workshop, and when you start the workshop, take a moment to review and align on it with participants
- Working from left to right together, identify Roses, Thorns, and Buds - give a few minutes for each before moving to the next
- Once done with the exercise, begin to cluster similar stickies together to surface patterns and use the theme sticky notes to give them a name. This could also be done after your workshop to synthesize learnings privately.
- Create a safe space for participants to feel secure in being transparent, and be careful not to call out what individuals add unless you're in a tight knit group
- As needed, refer back to your decided focus area to ground participants - especially if you see feedback that's unrelated