How does voting work in a Sticky Note retrospective?

Retrium uses dot voting to determine which topics and themes are most important to discuss during a retrospective.

After the Group phase, you'll move to the Voting phase. Each person can privately vote on which topics they'd like to discuss during this phase. Retrium will then automatically organize your issues for discussion based on which ones have the most votes. You'll easily save the time it usually takes to manually calculate and organize this information.

Calculating the Number of Votes

The number of votes each participant receives for the retrospective is calculated by Retrium based on the best practices formula from Agile retrospective experts: The number of votes for each person is equal to the square root of the total number of groups and ideas in that particular retrospective (For example, the square root of 16 possible topics for discussion = four votes per person).

This means that the number of votes will change from retrospective to retrospective, depending on the number of topics available to discuss.

The side panel on the left contains information about how many votes are available for the retrospective and the number of remaining votes for each person present in the retrospective.

How to Vote

  • Add your votes using the "+" icon near the note or group of notes. 
  • Participants can remove votes by hovering over the dot vote and clicking the "x."

Voting; removing a vote

  • Participants, such as the facilitator, can choose to abstain from voting by clicking on the button in the top banner. "Abstaining" will appear next to the participant's name in the presence list when they click this button. 

    Voting View

Abstaining from voting view