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Run remote Agile retrospectives with your team on Whiteboards

Create a collaborative environment equipped with tools and features for your product team to conduct retrospective sessions with utmost efficiency. Delve into past tasks, successes, and challenges to enhance future work.

Integration with Jira

Import Jira cards to your collaborative board to add context to your retrospectives. Convert new action items to Jira issues so you don’t miss a single task.

Collaborative environment

Use Whiteboards as a highly collaborative environment, crucial for retrospectives. Activate the presentation mode, enable voting, set the timer, and make the most of other features to maximize the productivity of your retros.

Anti-boring options

Add some fun to your sessions with GIFs, videos, or hand-drawn illustrations as engaging warm-up exercises before retrospectives.

Ready-to-use templates

Choose from pre-designed retrospective templates for a hassle-free start.

Integration with Jira

Import Jira cards to your collaborative board to add context to your retrospectives. Convert new action items to Jira issues so you don’t miss a single task.

Collaborative environment

Use Whiteboards as a highly collaborative environment, crucial for retrospectives. Activate the presentation mode, enable voting, set the timer, and make the most of other features to maximize the productivity of your retros.

Anti-boring options

Add some fun to your sessions with GIFs, videos, or hand-drawn illustrations as engaging warm-up exercises before retrospectives.

Ready-to-use templates

Choose from pre-designed retrospective templates for a hassle-free start.

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Run your Retrospectives
With a Comprehensive Plan
Tailored to Meet Your
Goals

Embrace retros as clearing-the-air sessions

Engage the participants in open discussions during video calls, fostering a culture of constructive feedback. Encourage active participation from all team members, cultivating a comfortable and collaborative environment for online retrospectives.

Opt for open, collaborative sessions

Strengthen team unity by facilitating transparent and effective communication, allowing members to express their opinions and observations. Boost team morale through collaborative voting on crucial topics for discussion during the retrospective.

Identify issues to prevent escalation

Treat retrospectives as a powerful method for early risk detection and problem identification. Encourage team members to share their opinions openly and point out issues in the processes. Address these concerns through gradual, strategic adjustments, ultimately driving more significant outcomes for your projects.

Improve your processes continuously

Promote a culture of ongoing refinement in your retrospectives by actively suggesting solutions to identified issues or challenges. As time progresses, this practice will not only enhance your team’s overall efficiency but also lead to more effective Sprints and result in unique outcomes.

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Useful Features for Your Retrospectives

Templates

Access guided retrospective templates for experienced teams and for facilitators new to running retros.

Voting

Empower your retros with effective voting sessions. Ensure active participation, prioritize tasks, and make the decision-making process easier.

Jira Integration

Easily convert cards on your whiteboard into Jira issues. Assign who is responsible for tasks, set due dates, and be sure that your teammates can clearly see your session’s outcomes.

Files

Use the free draw feature, import GIFs and images to warm up your team, and provide more context by adding additional resources or iframes.

Timer

Use the timer option to measure times during retrospectives and ensure they don’t last for hours.

Backup and Export

Preserve your teamwork results by creating back-ups and exporting your boards to PDF files.

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Running Retrospectives
best Practices

What are Agile retrospectives?

Continuous improvement is a cornerstone of Agile methodology. Techniques such as gathering feedback from end-users and discussing estimates contribute to enhancing your team’s effectiveness with every iteration.

Retrospective meetings enable your team to scrutinize past successes and missteps, fostering a culture of continuous improvement. During retrospectives, teams:

  • Collaborate to gather crucial details, analyze them, and evaluate the outcome of the last iteration.
  • Identify areas of success and areas requiring improvement.
  • Develop an action plan collectively.

How to run retrospectives?

While there are various formats for retrospective sessions, some fundamental principles should remain constant. Whiteboards offers plenty of templates to streamline your retros.

Schedule your retrospective

In the context of SCRUM, retrospectives occur at the end of each Sprint. Other teams may hold them bi-weekly or monthly, but consistency is key.

Consider running occasional retrospectives after completing significant projects or activities. For instance, a marketing team can review a recently concluded ad campaign to improve the performance next time.

Decide who should attend the retrospective

Inclusive participation is essential for a successful retrospective event. While you may invite individuals from other departments involved in the iteration or project, ensure their presence doesn’t compromise the safe and open atmosphere necessary for such gatherings.

A facilitator, whether a Scrum Master or a team member, should guide every retrospective. Whiteboards templates offer guidance and tips for effective facilitation.

Discuss successes and areas for improvement

Run your retrospectives on a positive note by acknowledging all the achievements and successes that happened during the period you revise.

Following this, address challenges, difficulties, or deviations from the plan. Focus on pure facts, then ask, “How can we improve/resolve this?”

In cases of multiple issues, Whiteboards’ voting feature will help you to prioritize items easily.

Transform insights into action points

Once you’ve prioritized areas for improvement, it’s time to convert them into actionable tasks. The Whiteboards app allows you to seamlessly convert sticky notes on your board into Jira issues, ensuring they are not overlooked.

Keep your retrospectives engaging and valuable

Prevent retrospectives from turning into yet another mundane meeting. Whiteboards offers a range of features to bring excitement and value into your retros. Here are some additional suggestions:

  • Incorporate a warm-up exercise before each session;
  • Run retrospectives of your retrospectives.
  • Use GIFs, embedded videos, drawings, colorful cards, and images to spark creativity and bring a fresh perspective to every gathering.
  • Adapt templates and retrospective techniques when your team feels the current approach is becoming monotonous.

Give Whiteboards a try for your retrospectives — an ideal solution for seamless remote collaboration.