What does the retrospective facilitator do?

The role and responsibility of any retrospective facilitator are to help keep the retro focused and productive.

Move from phase to phase

Retrium's column-based retrospectives have a number of phases to them: Think, Group, Vote, and Discuss. 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 navbar. A window will pop-up and ask you to confirm

Once you have moved onto a new phase, you cannot go back to previous phases!

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 about 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. 

Record action items

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

Timeboxing the retrospective

You can use the timebox method to timebox any portion of your retrospective using the timebox feature in the action menu. To access the timebox, the retrospective facilitator clicks on the timer icon in the bottom navbar. Facilitators can add time, reset and pause the timebox, and send an alert sound to participants during the retrospective.

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 determined by the person who selects the retrospective technique in your team room.