How do I reveal notes in the Think phase?

Collaboratively brainstorm and view the text during the Think phase of a column-style retrospective.

This article applies to:

All plans

All roles

Retrium's Reveal Note functionality allows facilitators to run a collaborative brainstorm or Lean Coffee™ session.

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When to reveal notes

By default, when the facilitator initiates a sticky note retrospective, the text is blurred to encourage private brainstorming, which helps preserve psychological safety and prevent groupthink. However, there are times when seeing everyone's notes is a productive part of the brainstorming experience.

Collaborative Brainstorming

After your team has privately brainstormed, use the Reveal Note feature to allow for additional ideation and feedback together as a team before moving to the Group phase.

Lean Coffee (TM)

The Lean Coffee (TM) technique ensures that team members are on the same page and that all topics that team members want to cover will be addressed at the beginning of the retrospective (learn more). Use the Reveal Note feature to view and discuss these ideas as they are suggested.

How to reveal notes

To reveal the text of the cards before moving to the Group phase, the facilitator will:

  1. Click on the gear icon in the bottom toolbar

  2. Select the option Reveal notes for everyone

  3. Notes can be hidden again if desired by clicking Blur notes for everyone

GIF showing the settings icon being clicked, then the "Reveal notes for everyone" option being selected