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Quick retrospective template

Gather a team and reflect on work you’ve done together

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Use this quick retrospective template to gather as a team and quickly look back on work you’ve done together. This simple structure is useful when you want to check in and reflect in a fun and lightweight way.

Quick retropsective template benefits

  • Reflect on a recent project or previous sprint
  • Foster accountability and ownership with the team
  • Reflect on what is working, what isn’t, and create a plan of action
  • Encourage open communication and transparency with team members

How to use the quick retrospective template

Before you get started with you quick retrospective, make sure you have a clear idea of subject of the meeting. Do you need to reflect on a recent project? The recent two-week sprint of work? A product launch? Write the topic in the template to get started.

1. Run a quick team icebreaker

Start off your retropsective with a quick icebreaker prompt to get the team warmed up. From the list of icebreaker questions in the template, choose a prompt and pose the question at the start of the retrospective meeting. Go around the team and get their perspective on the icebreaker.

2. Reflect on your retrospective topic

Add the main topic of your retrospective in the “TOPIC” box, and start reflecting. Working silently and individually, have each team member brainstorm ideas and create a few sticky notes in each of the four quadrants for about five minutes.

In the four quadrants, reflect on the following questions:

  1. What went well?
  2. What went poorly?
  3. What ideas do you have?
  4. How should we take action?

3. Discuss each idea your team comes up with

WIth the remaining time in your meeting, discuss the sticky notes from your team. Try clustering sticky notes together or using tags to label sticky notes with common themes.

Start a voting session to on the most important action items for the bottom-right “action” quadrant to identify next steps and action items.

4. Assign action items

Retrospectives are a great way for teams to check-in periodically, but they can also be a catalyst for future work. Take the action items in the bottom-right quadrant and assign them to specific team members. This step is important for improving processes and team collaboration for the next team sprint or project

Tips for running a quick retrospective

  • Adapt the retrospective format to fit your team’s needs: Not all teams use this format for agile retrospectives. Some teams will use the Sad, Glad, & Mad or Start, Stop, Continue methods for their retros, where they might receive different insights. Ultimately, you should customize the retrospective to work best for your team.
  • Be sure to celebrate successes: Don’t just focus on what went wrong in the previous sprint, celebrate successes and highlight when the team reached a tough goal or met a tight deadline. This lifts the mood during retrospectives and builds morale.
  • Encourage equal participation: Actively involve all team members in the discussion. Ensure that everyone has a chance to share their thoughts and feedback, even if they're typically quieter during meetings.

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Celebrate & reactions

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Anonymous voting

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Icons, GIFs, & images

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Infinite & resizable canvas options

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Sticky notes & text

Add ideas, action items, and more as a sticky note or text box — then change the colors and cluster to identify patterns and new solutions.

Tags on sticky notes

Tags on sticky notes

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