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Agile Retrospective Ideas: Our Effective Guides

For Scrum Masters, team members, product owners, and everyone else developing amazing things.

Retrospective Techniques

How each technique works, when to use them, and what each technique is best at.


Liked, Learned, Lacked, & Longed For. 4Ls is a great way of celebrating a team's successes while also finding out what it can improve on.

Mad, Sad, Glad

A good way of checking the emotional pulse of the team.

What Went Well? What Didn't Go Well?

Find your team's strengths and weaknesses.

Start, Stop, Continue

A simple way of generating action-oriented feedback for the team.

Lean Coffee™

A democratically generated, agenda-less retrospective.


For Managers & Executives

A high-level look at retrospectives geared toward managers and other decision makers.

Retrospectives -- the key to high performing agile teams

Running regular retrospectives gives your team the opportunity to fix impediments and unlock its potential.

Why virtual brainstorming can be so effective

Using the right tools can actually make virtual teams better at brainstorming than collocated teams.

Why you need a toolbox of retrospective techniques

Each technique has its own strengths and weaknesses. Here's why it's so important to be able to run different ones at different times.

How much money can Retrium save your team?

Good retrospectives can lead to real productivity gains for your team. Use this simple calculator to find out the dollar value of those improvements.


The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives Webinar

Are your retrospectives effective, every single time? If not, this 1 hour webinar is for you! Join Retrium CEO and Co-Founder David Horowitz and Oikosofy Managing Partner Luis Goncalvez as they reveal seven secrets that lead to effective retrospectives.


Become a Retrospective Rockstar: 21 Agile Experts Share Their Best Tips


It's hard to run a good retrospective.

That's why we asked 21 agile experts: what's the #1 thing you do to make your retrospectives successful?

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Resources from other experts!

We've hand-picked these books, guides, and websites that are written and maintained by external experts.


The most in-depth content. These are all must-reads to become a retrospective ninja.

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

By Esther Derby and Diana Larsen

If you only read one book, make it this one. How to architect retrospectives in general, how to design them specifically for your team and organization, how to run them effectively, how to make the needed changes, and how to scale these techniques up.

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

By Luis Goncalves and Ben Linders

This pocket book contains many exercises that you can use to do retrospectives, supported with the "what" and "why" of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they can bring you, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.

Project Retrospectives: A Handbook for Team Reviews

By Norm Kerth

The book that started it all. Written in 2001, it's just as relevant now as it was then. With detailed scenarios, imaginative illustrations, and step-by-step instructions, this book guides you through productive, painless retrospectives.



The best of the bunch. Visit these sites often for the best content related to retrospectives.

Agile Retrospectives Wiki

Though updated less frequently than in the past, this is still an essential resource for sharing retrospective plans, tips & tricks, tools and ideas to help us get the most out of our retrospectives.

Fun Retrospectives

Activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging. Each activity is categorized by its context: energizers, team building activities, check-in activities, and more.

Retrospective Exercises Toolbox

A collection of exercises to make your retrospectives engaging and useful, by Ben Linders.

Retrospective Exercises Toolbox

Another collection of agile retrospective ideas, by Luis Goncalves


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