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1 min read · Andrew Kong
The numbers are clear — here’s what your retrospectives are missing
When our team founded Sprintlio, it was our belief that if your team didn’t take the time between sprints, releases, iterations, or…
2 min read · Andrew Kong
Should product managers and product owners be allowed in your team’s retrospectives?
You hear this question a lot as product manager, product owner, or scrum master. It gets brought up because the scrum team is looking for…
2 min read · Andrew Kong
When to take a topic to the parking lot in your retrospectives
If you use Pivotal Tracker or Jira, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the “icebox” or “freezer” when it comes to your backlog…
2 min read · Andrew Kong
Why the Magic Relationship Ratio should outweigh Newton’s Third Law for your retrospectives
When it comes to team health, a 1:1 response to fix issues isn’t good enough. It takes a delicate balance to ensure long-term success.
3 min read · Andrew Kong
The most effective way to set the stage in your next retrospective is to review the last one
Advocates of Derby and Larsen’s Agile Retrospectives approach champion the “Set the stage” exercise to get things started. The goal of…
2 min read · Andrew Kong
Team health is the only Agile metric that matters
Is your team improving or is delivering? OKRs like velocity and pull requests are lagging indicators. Team health tells you your future.
1 min read · Andrew Kong
Your team spends 1.5 months of a person’s bandwidth a year on retrospectives — so make ‘em count
That’s 6.5 weeks of a single person’s time. If your team’s average salary is $100K, that’s $13,000 just on retrospectives.
3 min read · Andrew Kong
Recency bias is ruining your retrospectives
How do you feel when everyone is looking at you? How accurate would you be if you had sum up your last 2 weeks in 5 mins — on the spot?
2 min read · Andrew Kong
What a lack of participation in your retrospectives actually means
It’s easy to dismiss a person as shy, but it’s more likely that they don’t see value in it instead of being scared to share.
2 min read · Andrew Kong
Here’s how long your team needs to build a new habit
New year! New resolutions! Your team might already know what to focus on in the new year. But how long will it take to implement?
3 min read · Andrew Kong
How to save your retrospective’s learnings and habits from action item purgatory
Action items are more nuanced than simple tasks. What happens when your team’s action items look more like lessons or habits?
4 min read · Andrew Kong
How to avoid your retrospective from getting hijacked by a meeting dominator
Participation is one of the biggest sources of tension for retrospectives. But what do you do if you’re getting too much from someone?
3 min read · Andrew Kong
How retrospectives in Google Docs prevent your team from improving
Reflection without action makes things worse and ending your meeting by simply closing a tab is definitely not the solution.
3 min read · Andrew Kong
Why your retrospectives don’t have accountability
Relying on a photo of your retrospective’s notes and action items is the same as deleting them. Here’s why (and how to fix it).
3 min read · Andrew Kong
Why using Trello for retrospectives hurts your team
Trello is an incredible project management tool. But even Atlassian agrees that you shouldn’t be using it for retrospectives. Here’s why.
3 min read · Andrew Kong
Why we built Sprintlio
Retrospectives shouldn’t be about whiteboards, stickies, and photos of next steps in Slack. They’re about your team’s accountability.

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