The role and retrospective responsibility of any retrospective facilitator is to help keep the retro focused and productive. On Retrium, the retrospective facilitator has some additional responsibilities.

Retrospective Responsibility #1 - Move from phase to phase

Retrium column-based retrospectives have a number of phases to them: brainstorming, grouping, voting, and discussion. The retrospective facilitator is responsible for moving from one phase to another within the retrospective meeting. To do that, simply click on the orange arrow in the bottom menu. A window will pop-up will ask you to confirm since you cannot go back to previous stages.

Retrospective Responsibility #2 - Support conflict resolution during grouping

In the grouping phase, everyone can drag and drop cards to create topics of conversation. Sometimes there may be disagreement where a card belongs. By monitoring the activity during the group phase, the retrospective facilitator will know if a discussion is needed to decide where the card in question should be grouped. 

Retrospective Responsibility #3 - Record action items

In the discussion phase, the retrospective facilitator is the only one who is able to record action items.

Retrospective Responsibility #4 - Timeboxing the retrospective

You can use the timebox method to timebox any portion of your retrospective using the timebox feature in the in the action menu. To access the timebox, the retrospective facilitator click on the timer icon in the bottom menu. Facilitators can add time, reset and pause the timebox, and send alerts (pulses and sounds) to participants during the retrospective.

Can I rotate the role of the retrospective facilitator on my team? 

Yes, anyone who has access to your team room can be the retrospective facilitator or take over facilitation duties. The facilitator at the beginning of your retrospective is simply the person who selects the retrospective technique in your team room.

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