Sprint Retrospective Improvement Ideas

A Scrum Retrospective is held at the end of a Sprint to discuss what was done right and what can be improved. It provides an opportunity to create a plan for workflow improvements. See ideas of how you can improve your retrospective meetings with Standuply Slack App.


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I. Collect Retrospective Feedback During a Sprint

A Retrospective meeting takes place after Sprint Review and before an upcoming Sprint Planning. Scrum Master makes sure that the team understands its purpose and holds a meeting on a regular basis.

Instead of relentlessly remembering all the things at the end of the Sprint, you can consistently collect team feedback via Slack. You set it up once, and the process is up and running.


Pick a schedule and set up questions
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Pick a schedule and set up questions

Set up a schedule and select people from your Agile team to ask for the upcoming retrospective. It will help you gathing items the team likes and dislikes about the current Sprint.
Standuply collects team answers
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Standuply collects team answers

On schedule, Standuply reaches out to selected people and surveys them in Slack. Once team members provide their inputs the bot aggregates them to serve overall report with survey's results.
Receive results via Slack or email
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Receive results via Slack or email

Results can be delivered to a Slack channel or via DM, email or Webhook. It will help you with creating a retrospective report with the results of your retrospective.

II. Automate Your Retrospective Meetings

When your team is remote, sometimes it's hard to get together on a call. In that case, you can replace your retrospective meetings with asynchronous ones via video answers delivered to Slack. But if you prefer calls, Standuply got you covered as well.


Pick a schedule and configure options
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Pick a schedule and configure options

In this scenario you'd like to run a report once a week after each sprint. Select "Retrospective template" in Standuply to run a classic retrospective.
Standuply collects team answers via text, video or voice
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Standuply collects team answers via text, video or voice

On schedule, Standuply reaches out to selected people and surveys them in Slack. They can record video or audio message up to 5 minutes in a browser via a private link from the Slack bot.
See results in Slack
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See results in Slack

Results can be delivered to a Slack channel or via DM, email or Webhook. A recorded message is uploaded to Standuply and the link is shared in Slack.
Automate team video calls
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Bonus step

Automate team video calls

Standuply can automatically start a video call by sending to a link to everyone in Slack to join a call at the time you need.

III. Poll Your Team in Slack via /poll Command

When you run a retrospective meeting it's essential to run voting to define most popular issues for a discussion. Using a simple polling app helps a lot. If your team uses Slack, here's the way how to do that.


Run /poll command in Slack
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Run /poll command in Slack

Use /poll command in a Slack channel where you want to run a poll.
Set up a question and answer options
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Set up a question and answer options

A window will pop up to configure poll options: a question and answers to choose from.
See results in a real time
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See results in a real time

All channel members will see the poll and can participate. Results are updated in the real time after every vote. A voting can be anonymously, if needed.

A common mistake is not to fix meeting notes and assigning tasks verbally. Don’t fall into this trap as you won’t be able to look back and track retro meetings’ efficiency over time.

Fix the results of the retrospective meeting in meeting minutes or in a task tracker adding relevant tasks. Then share the results with all participants.

Teams using Standuply set up the bot to ask retro questions once a week and then bring all the notes to the retrospective meeting. It saves their time and provide structure to their offline meetings.

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