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New Feature: Rate Your Time Invested In Retrospectives

New Feature Alert! 🚨 You can now close your retrospective by evaluating your team's Return on Time Invested (ROTI) in Retrium! This tool - combined with your Retrium Retrospective History - allows your team to review your growth and ensure you are getting the most out of time spent retrospecting.

What is the ROTI for an agile retrospective? 

Before we get too far, let's dive into what is ROTI? Your Return On Time Invested, or ROTI, is a way for your team to provide quick feedback to the meeting leader on how they feel the retrospective meeting went. Was it a bad meeting everyone felt was a waste of time invested? Or did they feel the time spent provided reasonable action items and provided at least a break-even investment? Running a closing ROTI activity can help your team ensure your team is making the best use of their time retrospecting and understand how to improve for the next retrospective meeting.

How to rate your retrospectives' ROTI? 

Whether you are a remote team, co-located, or hybrid, Rate Your Retro is an easy activity to close out your retrospective after the team has finished discussing agenda items, generating insights, and assigned action items. 

For Retrium users, you can easily rate your retro at the close of every column-based retrospective with a few button clicks. 

In the last 5-10 minutes of your retrospective, move on to the close phase of your retrospective. From there your team will be able to select if they felt the retrospective was worth the time invested by selecting on a scale of 1-5. 

Rate Our Retro

Before your team chooses its rating, encourage them to consider if the retro:

  • help the team move forward with my work?
  • get the team to make decisions?
  • lead to solving a problem?
  • clear up some confusion?

And (as always 😉) votes in Retrium are anonymous so you can be sure to always get an honest answer. 

What happens when you receive a negative return on time invested? 

Rate Our Retro Results

If you haven't been using this technique, and the first round of results disappoint you, don't worry! That means you have room for improvement. Agile Retrospective Expert and Retrium Advisor, Esther Derby, shares that one of the easiest ways to improve is to ask the team, "what would make it better?"


“I think some people have a hard time thinking of how to make things better; they’ve been trained in being critical. Asking them what would make it better, changes people's mindset and engagement in the conversation. When people get really negative I’ll say 'it sounds like you have a vision of how you want things to be' or 'if you can imagine a really effective meeting what would it be like?'"
-Esther Derby  

Just make sure that -just like your retrospective- you are walking away with specific goals to improve.


Why calculate the return on time invested?  

As any business leader or investment aficionado will tell you, you always want to get a return on any money invested. Preferably with a substantial profit! 💰

The same holds true for another valuable commodity, time. Whether it is being spent, borrowed, or flying, we could all seem to use more time. So it can be frustrating when you feel you are not getting any returns on the time you are dedicating to the retrospective meeting outlined in agile methodology. 😱😱😱

By monitoring and reviewing your team's Return of Time Invested, you can see how your team has improved its value of retrospective meetings, which, in turn, can help improve buy-in and engagement when generating insights and following through on actionable items.


Run a full retrospective and Rate Your Retro in Retrium Today! 

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