GoRetro Sprint Retrospective Tool vs Alternative Retrospectives Tools [Part I]
Retrospective tools are a great way to learn from past performance to improve future performance. Depending on the number of teams in your organization, the number of members in each team, and the team’s general needs, some retrospective tools might be a better option for you. GoRetro is a sprint retrospective tool that has all its premium features for free, but how does it compare to others?
IdeaBoardz is free just like GoRetro. However, the retrospective tool has simpler features and mainly works as just a white board. While GoRetro has team roles and the option of creating private boards, IdeaBoardz does not. Of course, it all depends on what your team needs, but GoRetro is a better option since it is free and has interactive features for you and your team to collaborate.
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MetroRetro is another free option that has an interactive design. The one downside of this platform is that boards can be edited by any member since there are no roles. When using GoRetro, you can assign roles that allow members to have full control of boards or only add to the boards. When comparing the two platforms, GoRetro has more premium features at no additional cost as opposed to the lack of privacy in MetroRetro’s boards.
[Full: GoRetro vs. MetroRetro]
EasyRetro has a free option, but for you and your team to get all its premium features you will need to subscribe to one of their monthly plans. Depending on the subscription plan, EasyRetro’s features will be limited. However, the platform has over 100 templates. When comparing to GoRetro, both platforms have roles and allow you to create cards and vote. EasyRetro takes its features a bit further by allowing you to conduct surveys on boards, but you are only allowed one survey per month in the free plan. The platform also features Slack integration.
[Full: GoRetro vs. EasyRetro]
Geekbot is another retrospective platform that features Slack integration, and you will sign in with your Slack account right off the bat. Geekbot is free if your team has 10 members or less. If you have more than 10 members, you will pay a monthly fee per member. Something that makes Geekbot different from GoRetro is its standup feature. This unique feature gives the entire team regular updates on the progress of a project.
[Full: GoRetro vs. Geekbot]
Parabol has some of its features at no additional cost. However, to get all of its premium features, there is a monthly payment of $6 per active user. The platform has an intuitive dashboard, much like GoRetro, divided by teams. Furthermore, the platform integrates with Jira, GitHub, and Slack. Both Parabol and GoRetro are similar, the only differences between them are Parabol’s integration with other platforms and its real-time updates.
[Full: GoRetro vs. Parabol]
To get Retrium’s features, you will need to pay for a membership. This platform has more features than GoRetro and is integrated with Jira. Much like GoRetro, the platform has various roles that can be assigned to team members. However, Retrium allows you to assign roles for visitors and guests, so others can see your boards but can’t edit them. Furthermore, both platforms offer a wide variety of templates and you can customize your own boards.
[Full: GoRetro vs. Retrium]
GroupMap is free for the first 14 days that you use the platform. After the trial period, you can subscribe to the basic or the professional plan. The latter is the plan that will give you all the platform’s premium features. While both GoRetro and GroupMap allow you to vote on ideas, GroupMap has some unique features like anonymity options for feedback. This feature allows you to get completely anonymous and truthful feedback from your team members, as well as partially anonymous or not anonymous at all. You can also have an open team, which lets all members see what people are sharing. If you and your team depend a lot on honest feedback, GroupMap is a great option.
[Full: GoRetro vs. GroupMap]
RetroTool is free just like GoRetro. Both platforms have similar features, including cards, voting, and sharing a board via a link. However, RetroTool does not offer the option to make a board private and does not have any roles. With GoRetro, you can export boards as PDF, Excel, and clipboard, RetroTool only lets you clipboard your boards.
[Full: GoRetro vs. RetroTool]
Retros.Work has a free version, but you will need to pay for its premium features. The platform allows you to assign roles, create cards, and comment on the cards. The question model stands out the most on this platform. This model has pre-made or custom questions that help you assess how the team is doing. GoRetro and Retros.Work have similar features, but all GoRetro’s premium features are completely free.
[Full: GoRetro vs. Retros.Work]
Lean Coffee Table
Lean Coffee Table has a 30-day free trial, afterwards, plans start at $10 a month. Much like GoRetro, you can assign roles, create and vote on cards, and the dashboard is very intuitive. One thing that makes Lean Coffee stand out is that it integrates with Google, Microsoft, Slack, and Zoom. The integration features allow you to easily sign in and run meetings more smoothly.
[Full: GoRetro vs. Lean Coffee Table]
ScatterSpoke has a 14-day free trial period and plans start at $35 a month. Much like GoRetro, this platform features role assigning, cards, and many sprint retrospective templates. Additionally, ScatterSpoke gathers all your data for you to easily look back on projects. Unlike GoRetro, ScatterSpoke allows anonymous cards so team members can give their honest opinion. The platform also integrates with Slack, Trello, and Jira.
[Full: GoRetro vs. ScatterSpoke]
TeamRetro’s subscription starts at $25 a month. Much like GoRetro, the platform lets you check on team members’ moods, create cards, and vote on cards. TeamRetro stands out with its health check feature, as well as how easy it is to brainstorm using the platform. This is a great platform if your team depends on getting ideas onto a board. Additionally, TeamRetro integrates with many platforms, including GitHub, Jira, Teams, Slack, and many more.
[Full: GoRetro vs. TeamRetro]
Overall, choosing a sprint retrospective tool depends a lot on what your team really needs. If you want integration with other platforms is important (and possibly willing to pay for monthly subscriptions), EasyRetro, Geekbot, TeamRetro, Lean Coffee, ScatterSpoke, and Parabol are great options to consider. If you want a very simple board to use once or twice, IdeaBoardz and MetroRetro are just for you. The great thing about GoRetro is that all its premium features are completely free and easy to use.