Introduction to retrospectives

TeamRetro’s agile retrospective meetings provide your team the opportunity to reflect on their recent experiences and identify opportunities to improve moving forward. Retrospectives usually focus on a specific time period or event - eg. most recent development sprint or iteration or a recently completed project. 

"Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand."
Norm Kerth, Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Review

Retrospective meeting process

Step 1 - Brainstorm

Your team brainstorms within pre-defined topics such as What went well? What didn't go well?; sharing their experiences and reflections with the rest of the team. Depending on your team dynamic, you can set the brainstorming activity to be independent or collaborative, anonymous, and choose your own topics. Learn more

Step 2 - Group

In the Group step, all ideas are revealed and the team may group similar or related ideas into themes for conversation. TeamRetro assists this process by applying Natural Language Processing techniques to suggest potentially related groups that you can accept or reject. Learn more

Step 3 - Vote

Often too many ideas are captured to discuss on them all, so the next step is for the team to vote on the ideas they'd like to discuss further. Votes are captured privately and will be revealed when the facilitator advances to the Discuss step. Learn more

Step 4 - Discuss

Starting with the top-voted ideas first; members of your team can discuss, propose and capture action items for future improvements. Team members can either review, comment, and add actions in their own time; or the facilitator can enter presentation mode and guide the team conversation through each top-voted idea sequentially. Learn more

Step 5 - Review

The team reviews the actions identified during the meeting and optionally assigns owners and due dates for additional accountability. This is also an opportunity to review actions from previous retrospectives or health checks and update their status. Learn more

Step 6 - Share

The meeting comes to a close and the results can be shared with your team - whether by email, PDF report, Slack, or downloaded into XLS or CSV formats. Learn more

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