Virtual Retrospectives

I know the best way to work with Scrum teams is to be colocated but many companies have branches around the world so you have to deal with distribute teams.

Retrospectives

One of the most important meeting in Scrum is the Retrospective (or post-mortem as many prefer to called them). During the Retrospective team members think in which way they can improve their performance. If all team members are in the same building it is too easy to meet in a room and with sticky notes and sharpies put on a board the possible solutions for their issues. However, if team members are in different countries (or cities in the country) you need to use a virtual board.

GoReflect

Thanks to Camilo Motta who is the cofounder of GoReflect (https://www.linkedin.com/in/camilo-motta-071157a8) I knew about GoReflect (www.goreflect.com)

This tool is free for now so don’t hesitate and create an account for you and for your team members.

Start using goReflect

  • Create a board

Each goReflect board is organized into actions like Start, Continue and Stop. Ideas are added to the board by adding a card to an action.

Choose one of the board templates.

Three actions: Start, Continue, Stop

Four actions: Start, More, Less, Stop

Five actions (our favorite): Start, More, Continue, Less, Stop

  • Invite board members

Invite others to your board by entering their email addresses. Enter as many email addresses as you like. If they’re new to goReflect, they can create their account from your board invitation.

Anyone invited to the board can contribute to the board. Board members and their permissions can be managed from the board catalog.

  • Add cards

Share your ideas by adding cards to an action on the board.

Start Start something new.
More Do more of this.
Continue You tried it, it worked and it should be continued.
Less You’re doing it, but shouldn’t do it as often.
Stop Just stop doing it.

When adding a card focus on the action so the card wording follows the action. For example, if your team has trouble starting meetings on time you might add a card that reads “Meetings on time” to the Start column. The card would be read as “Start¬†meetings on time”.

Also, consider the emotional impact the card will have. For example, adding an “Arriving to meetings late” card in the Stop column may have a greater impact if your team has a serious problem with meeting on time.

Start meetings on time

Stop being late for meetings

 

  • Review and archive cards

Meet with your team to discuss the ideas on the board. When you’re done with a card, archive it to remove it from the board. You can archive as many cards as you like and leave other cards for another day. Archived cards can be restored to the board at any time from the archive view.

 To conclude, physical board are the best but at this time many companies are working with remote teams so GoReflect can help you with your Retrospectives.

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Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile.

Why?

I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally
different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible
to implement it.

Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

5 comments

  1. Please check out ScatterSpoke for your distributed agile team retrospectives! Completely free, customizable and private.

    1. Hi Colleen

      Thank you to share your tool.

      I will take a glance of it and I will post an article about it.

      Indeed, feel free to send me a request on Linkedin to be in touch.

      Kind Regards,

      Mario

  2. Hi,

    There is an other tools too, more lightweight : https://www.pointingpoker.com/
    No account needed or mail, you can join with only a link.

    It is still far from a physical meeting, but sometimes you don’t have the choice.

    Kind Regards,

    Tony

    1. Hi Tony

      Thanks to share it. I will take a look of it.

      Kind Regards,

      Mario

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