Rose, Thorn, Bud (RTB) is a team practice born in the Design Thinking community. It is extremely versatile and can be used as a team retrospective, customer journey analysis, or in conjunction with an ideation session to help prioritize ideas for development.
In a RTB session, participants share their thoughts about a particular topic and list ideas or thoughts on different-colored stickies that define that thought/idea as something that isn't working well, something that IS working well, and ideas that have a lot of potential if further developed.
It's a great way to ideate or analyze as a team and collaboratively prioritize what to do next.
RTB is a great way to ideate or analyze as a team and collaboratively prioritize what to do next. It allows everyone on the team to participate in sharing, analyzing ideas, and even building upon ideas to help set the direction of next steps for the team, whether it be product/project-related or as a self-reflection of how the team is working together so far.
First, here are the definitions of terms:
a. Rose = something that is working well or something positive
b. Thorn = something that isn’t working or something negative
c. Bud = an area of opportunity or idea yet to be explored
Now that we're on the same page with our terms, let's talk about how to facilitate this!
Check out these great links which can help you dive a little deeper into running the Rose, Thorn, Bud practice with your team, customers or stakeholders.