The most traditional and well-known style of a retrospective is one where team members write sticky notes within labeled columns. We recommend running this type of retrospective first and at the end of each sprint.

We offer several templates including:

  • What went well, what didn't go well
  • Mad, Sad, Glad
  • Stop, Start, Continue
  • 4Ls - Liked, Learned, Lacked, Longed For
  • WRAP - Wishes, Risks, Appreciations, Puzzles
  • Lean Coffee (TM)

How to Run a Sticky Notes in Columns Retrospective

THINK Phase

  • During this phase, each person gets a chance to add their thoughts. Just click the "create a note" button under each column header to create a note in the corresponding column.
  • You'll be able to see your notes, but the notes of team members will be blurred out. This is to minimize groupthink and allow everyone to brainstorm without the influence of others.
  • When the team is ready to move on, the facilitator will use the action menu in the bottom right to move to the next phase.

GROUP Phase

  • During grouping, everyone can discuss which notes fit together into themes or topics they want to discuss together. The facilitator pulls notes together into groups and then gives those groups a title.
  • When the team is ready to move on, the facilitator will use the action menu in the bottom right to move to the next phase.

VOTE Phase

  • Retrium uses dot voting during this phase. 
  • Each person will get a number of votes and can select how they would like to distribute their votes among the themes or notes on the board.
  • When the team is ready to move on, the facilitator will use the action menu in the bottom right to move to the next phase.

DISCUSSION Phase

  • When entering the discussion phase, the columns will disappear the topic or card with the most votes will appear first. 
  • We recommend using the timebox during your discussions to help keep the team on track. The facilitator can set the timer by going to the bottom right button and opening the action menu. 
  • During the discussion the facilitator can also add action items, which you can review at the end of the retrospective
  • As you scroll through the topics, they are in order based on the number of votes (from most to least), and the team can choose how many they would like to discuss.
  • Optionally, after your retrospective, you can review your Team Room history.
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