4Ls Retrospective Format introduction
What is the 4Ls Sprint Retrospective?
This is a popular sprint retrospective because it is easy to follow along with and involves very little set-up. It is interactive and efficient in focusing on a past sprint in a way that everyone can give their opinions and points of view. A board is set up with 4 separate squares labeled: liked,learned, lacked, and longed for. Each team member is given sticky notes and asked to write down at least one thing for each square. Then they are all placed on the board in the correct category and the team discusses each section in detail.
The 4Ls Retrospective format is broken down into 4 elements:
● Liked: Everyone writes down something (or things) that they liked about the previous sprint. They can include things that went better than expected and are asked to emphasize the positive.
● Learned: The team is asked to write down new things that they learned in the previous sprint. These could include technical or nontechnical things.
● Lacked: What was lacking in the previous sprint? What things could have been done better?
● Longed For: The team writes down things that they wanted during the previous sprint that were not available to them. Again, these can be technical or non-technical.
What’s the 4Ls Sprint Retro format used for?
This format is used especially for discussing the previous sprint and learning from it. The team comes up with ways to make the next sprint better.
When is the 4Ls Agile Retrospective used?
This retrospective format can be used after any sprint and especially before a new one. It is good to use directly after a sprint so that everything is still fresh in everyone’s minds and they can really reflect on how the last sprint went and what can be done to make the next one even better.