How do action items in Retrium work?

Action items help encourage follow-through on your team, and Action Plans in Retrium have features to help aid in this.

This article applies to:

All plans

All roles

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to action items
  2. Creating action items
  3. Archiving action items
  4. Deleting action items

Introduction to action items

💡Creating good action items is important to help promote follow-through for your team! For help choosing the right action items, check out Chapter 6 of The Ultimate Guide to Agile Retrospectives.

Action items are created during the Discuss phase during columnar retrospectives. When creating action items, your team should be deliberate. One way to do this is to ensure the action item is SMART; meaning: 

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time Based

To create an action item during your retrospective, follow the steps in the next section!

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Creating action items

Once your retrospective reaches the Discuss phaseyou can add action items from the righthand side of the page. 

💡Anyone present in the retrospective can create an action item!


If you don't see your action items, click the arrows icon () in the top right corner of the page to expand your Action Plan.

To create an action item:

1. Click + Add an action item

2. Enter your action item text

3. Add an ambassador (recommended)

4. Add a target completion date (recommended)

You can also mark action items as completed, delete action items, and export action items to CSV or Jira.

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Archiving action items

If you have action items that are no longer relevant, have been completed, etc., you can archive them!

💡Action items can be archived from the Home tab of a Team Room.

To archive an action item:

  1. Click Archive at the bottom of the action item card
  2. Select a reason for archiving (if an action item has been marked as completed, the archive reason Completed will automatically be applied when archiving)

To view archived items, click View archived items at the top of the Action Plan in the Team Room Home tab.

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Deleting action items

You may wish to delete action items from time to time. 

❗️Deleting action items is permanent and can't be reversed. If you may want to refer back to an action item but don't need it on your list anymore, consider archiving it instead.

To delete an action item, click (without releasing) Delete at the bottom of an action item card. Once the meter is full, the card will be deleted:


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