How to participate in a Radar activity

Radars are a retrospective activity that is perfect for gathering data with your team.

This article applies to:

All plans

All roles

See this article if you'll be facilitating a Radar activity.

What is a Radar?

Radars can be especially useful because they can help get team members on the same page, illuminate agreement or disagreement, and allow reflection at individual and team levels.

Team Radars function like a short survey to quickly understand where things are going well (or not) and where perspectives may differ. Because you can quickly see aggregated results (like the average, standard deviation, and more), it's an efficient way to focus the follow-up discussion on the most important topics.

Radar Phases in Retrium

  1. Define
  2. Collect
  3. Analyze

  • During this phase, the facilitator will have the option to modify the spoke titles. As a participant, you will see them edit this information in real-time, but you cannot make edits.
  • If a topic or category is not clearly defined, speak up and let your facilitator know! 
  • The facilitator will progress to the Collect phase when they are done updating the radar spokes. 

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Collect Responses 

  • Each participant will anonymously rate each spoke on a scale of 1-5. 
  • Participants can see how many ratings each participant in the retrospective has left to give, but you cannot see who is voting for which cards. This is done to preserve the psychological safety of the votes. 
  • The facilitator can advance the retrospective to the Analysis phase when the team is ready.

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Analyze Results

Retrium will anonymously plot the individual responses and automatically calculate metrics like the average, standard deviation, and much more. From here, your facilitator will guide you on how you'll use this information for your retrospective or other conversations. 


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