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Learnings, inspiration, and behind-the-scenes about remote agile retrospective best-practices and tools, from our team to yours.

How to close your agile retrospective meeting

The work isn’t done for the facilitator when the agile retrospective meeting ends. There are some key steps you’ll want to take to make sure the meeting is as effective as possible and we’re here to give you all the secrets for post-meeting success.

What is the most popular agile retrospective meeting format?

We've all been there. Tasked with facilitating the next scrum retrospective and cruising Retromat for a fresh meeting format recommendation to spice things up…

The numbers are clear — here’s what your agile retrospectives are missing

When we built Sprintlio as an agile retrospectives tool, it was our belief that if your team didn’t take the time between sprints, releases, iterations, or…

Should product managers and product owners be allowed in your team’s agile retrospectives?

When it comes to agile retrospectives, you hear this question a lot as product manager, product owner, or scrum master. It gets brought up because the scrum…

How to use the parking lot to facilitate your agile 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. It’s typically where…

Does the Magic Relationship Ratio apply for agile retrospectives?

When it comes to team health in agile retrospectives, a 1:1 response to fix issues isn’t good enough. It takes a delicate balance to ensure long-term success.

How to set the stage for your agile retrospective

Advocates of Derby and Larsen’s Agile Retrospectives approach champion the “Set the stage” exercise to get things started. The goal of this first phase is to…

Team health is the only Agile metric that matters

Is your agile team improving or is delivering? OKRs like velocity and pull requests are lagging indicators. Agile team health tells you your future.

Here's how much time your team spends on agile retrospectives

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 agile retrospectives.

How to prevent recency bias from ruining your agile retrospectives

How do you feel when everyone is looking at you? Now think of it in an agile retrospective when you're about to say something that you think didn't go well.

What a lack of participation in your agile retrospectives actually means

It’s easy to dismiss a person as shy, but it’s found to be more likely that they don’t see value in your team's agile retrospectives.

How long agile teams need to build new habits

If your team runs agile retrospectives, it’s likely that it already knows which habits it needs to focus on. But how long is it going to take?

How to save your agile retrospective’s learnings from action item purgatory

Action items for agile retrospectives are more nuanced than simple tasks. What happens when your team’s action items look more like lessons or habits?

How to manage a meeting dominator in your agile retrospectives

Participation is one of the biggest sources of tension for agile retrospectives. But what do you do if you’re getting too much from someone?

Why using Google Docs as an agile retrospective tool hurts your team

Reflection without action makes things worse and ending your agile retrospective by simply closing a tab is definitely not the solution.

Why your agile retrospectives don’t have accountability

Relying on a photo of your agile retrospective’s notes and action items is the same as deleting them. Here’s why (and how to fix it).

Should you use Trello as an agile retrospective tool?

Trello is an incredible project management tool. But even Atlassian recommends against it an agile retrospective tool. Here’s why.

Why we built Sprintlio

Agile 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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