If you're unfamiliar with the term 'retro', in short, it's an abbreviation for retrospectives. If you haven't taken part in retros before (and forgive us for being presumptuous), we're guaranteed you'll love them. They're the ultimate pow-wow, and, the best part is they work across all industries.

We're not saying ShareFeels is there to replace retros - in case you couldn't tell, we're very much for for them. When used correctly, our tool is there to support the retro kick off, as a conversation starting tool.

Already desperate to know more about retros? Here's how to make the best of your team's retros, and what you should avoid.

So, what exactly is a retro?

A retro is an informal meeting where teams come together to reflect over a period of time (be it one, two, or three weeks). This chunk of time can be called a sprint.

The benefits of a retro

  • It's a chance to gather feedback from your team on the last few weeks
  • You can voice any concerns
  • Air your frustrations
  • Team bonding: any opportunity to increase transparency and trust is a good one to us!
  • Action points for the next sprint
  • Closure: The most important factor of all is closure. You can learn from your mistakes, and start afresh for your next sprint.

Potential challenges from retros

  • Getting started: at the start of a call, it can be hard to break the ice and get your team talking
  • If there's been a few weeks between calls, it can be hard to remember what was last said. Be sure to keep a record!
  • Balancing the dynamics of the team can be difficult, so it's important everyone has the opportunity to speak their turn

How ShareFeels can help you to eliminate challenges with retros

Use ShareFeels weekly view to reflect on your group's averages in order to best kick off the retro.

ShareFeels in retros

Here's a practical guide on how to use ShareFeels.io in retros:

  1. Nominate someone to lead (or moderate) the retro. We recommend using someone from outside your team for a truly objective approach.
  2. Prior to the meeting, give that person the group's weekly report
  3. If in the office, you can ask the person to draw the weekly chart on a whiteboard. If you are doing the retro online, share a screenshot of the weekly view.
  4. ShareFeels Tip

    It's super important to have a visual representation of the week's results. That way, the whole team can see the impact as a whole.

  5. Assess the team's mood throughout the week, and evaluate the averages day by day
  6. Implementing this structure makes it easy to open up a conversation. Plus, the familiarity means your team know what's coming, so will be prepared.

As long as you're keeping the conversation open, organic, and most importantly, realistic, you're onto a winner. And, by having your team's sentiments literally in front of you, nothing can be sugarcoated.

At the end of the retro, you can complete the sprint. Make sure you end it with some action points, and a considered approach on how to tackle the next retro.

When's the best time for retros?

We recommend a Friday afternoon (around 3pm) as the optimum time. That way, you can leave the week's stress and emotional baggage behind, knowing you have worked through any issues.

As well as this, you can end the retro with the confidence of an upcoming productive week, setting the action points into motion.

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