The “I Suck” awards

Mike Crittenden
Oct 30, 2020


One of my favorite team retrospective activities is what I call the “I Suck” awards.

It’s simple. Here’s the process:

  • Step 1: Someone kicks it off by saying why they suck at that moment
  • Step 2: The rest of the team laughs or empathizes or whatever the situation calls for
  • Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 until everyone has said why they suck
  • Step 4: Vote on the winner of the “I Suck” award, aka the person with the most impressive suckitude that time around.

Everyone sucks for some reason at any given time. Maybe they procrastinated. Maybe they missed an obvious bug. Maybe they keep forgetting to update the sprint board. Maybe they have been talking too much on calls. Maybe they didn’t submit their dang timesheet. Whatever it is, everyone has one.

There are a few reasons why I love this activity:

I stole the idea from Radical Candor, which calls it the “ Whoops-A-Daisy “.

It’s powerful and it’s fun, so give it a shot! Why do you suck?

Originally published at on October 30, 2020.