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Rose, Bud, Thorn Activity Template

Rose, Bud, Thorn is a mindful way to get or give feedback. It’s a simple retrospective technique to help identify positive outcomes (Rose), opportunities (Bud), and challenges (Thorn) from your projects.

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What is Rose, Bud, Thorn? 🌹

Rose, Bud, Thorn is a great way to collect feedback after a workshop. Use it to give feedback to each other in team retrospectives or as simple reflection.

How it works

To run this activity, launch the anonymous open-ended polls in this order:

  • ROSE: Share strengths, positive outcomes, successes, and wins
  • BUD: Share opportunities and potential that is ready to blossom anytime
  • THORN: Share challenges and something that could be improved next time

Run the two-minute timer during each poll so participants know how much time they have left.

About the creator

Anamaria Dorgo is the Head of Community at Butter. Her mission is to create a space where facilitators, workshoppers, trainers, design thinkers, and innovation and strategy consultants can team up, share best practices, tackle challenges collectively, and accelerate their careers together with like-minded people. 🙌


1-10 mins

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