KALM Sprint Retrospective Format
Welcome to another quick introduction to a neat retrospective format, and today we’re happy to grab a look at the KALM retro.
What is the KALM sprint retrospective?
This agile retrospective format is one to facilitate conversations among team members about the current activities being used and what their value is.
The KALM can be done in a number of ways, but a great way is by dividing a whiteboard into different sections: Keep, Add, Less, and More, giving each team member a stack of sticky notes to write down ideas they have for each category.
The categories include:
● Keep: Things that the team recognizes as having value and adding to their process.
● Add: These are ideas that the team comes up with that can help the team accomplish their goals and get to where they want/need to be.
● Less: The team writes out things that are being done that hold value but could possibly be done less. Perhaps things that hold value in one area but hold the team back in others.
● More: These are things that the team is already doing that could be done more often. Perhaps actions that are helping the team get where they need to be and can be incorporated in other areas of their work.
When should the KALM agile retro be used?
This retrospective format can be used after a sprint, or just as a quarterly check-in to see how their goals are being worked towards and achieved.