Better retrospectives result in higher performance

Nevo Alva
Nevo Alva
CEO, Acumen
Posted on
Jul 3, 2022
Updated on
Aug 16, 2022
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When we created GoRetro, it was merely a side project that helped us facilitate retrospectives for our distributed team in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. There was no way we could give up on retrospective meetings, as they were our mechanism for continuously improving our delivery and ensuring our talented team was motivated and heard.

In just a couple of years, GoRetro has become one of the most popular retrospective tools. Thousands of scrum teams from fortune 500 companies, banks, government agencies, and innovative startups use it to make retrospectives fun, engaging, and effective.

We received great feedback and many requests from users looking to elevate their GoRetro experience. So we went back to the drawing board and I’m excited to share that GoRetro Premium is here!
Among the many benefits of the GoRetro premium plans are advanced action items mechanism, team building games, sprint data analysis and in-retro insights, SSO, annual SOC 2 audit reports, priority support, dedicated customer success managers, and much more. Continuous improvement at an organization scale is at your fingertips.

Here are some questions and answers to help you understand how and why you should upgrade your account. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or if there is anything we haven't covered.

How can we ensure that our retrospective is effective and meaningful for the business and the team? 

Our most frequently heard Scrum Master challenge is improving participation in meetings in order to make them more effective, which is even more challenging in a hybrid work environment. We believe that the answer is divided into three segments, keeping the meeting fun, adding AI based insights to focus on what matters and mixing it all with actionability! In the next paragraphs we’ll cover just that.

Keeping the meeting fun and engaging

The most effective way to start dealing with it is to include gamification in the meetings, such as ice breakers (including in zoom meetings) and other engaging activities we have on GoRetro that will help you start every meeting with a smile.

Focus on what matters most

The second ingredient is to show team members that the meeting is effective and not a waste of their (valuable) time. To do that you need to find ways to focus on what matters. This is why we added the Joker Cards, our data-driven, AI-based-insights into your retrospective meetings; we’re helping your team to focus on the most critical issues.

Make your retrospective actionable

The last key factor is to get things done. How many times have you decided on action items in a meeting, only to have nothing happen with them? Our action items mechanism ensures nothing falls through the cracks. Your team will appreciate it and participation levels will increase.

After learning the ingredients for a successful retro meeting, what can I do to leverage my Sprint's data? 

You can supercharge your retros with your Sprint data and take your retrospectives to new heights.

Say goodbye to juggling countless spreadsheets and tabs. Use your real-time Sprint data to run better retros and improve your team’s performance

Get clarity on what's happening, identify gaps in planning and see what your team really spends their time on. As an added bonus, this is a great report to share with other stakeholders and management so that you can promote your team and maintain better alignment.

Analyze your Sprints to identify trends, track improvements and uncover stumbling blocks. Save time on technical preparation and focus on what's important: becoming even better.

How do you keep my data secured and my CISO happy? 

At GoRetro, the security of your data is our top priority. We undergo regular penetration tests and meet the highest industry standards. GoRetro is ISO-certified, GDPR-compliant, and SOC 2 Type-2 certified. We have successfully met the security requirements of public companies in the healthcare and financial sectors.

For more information about GoRetro security, click here or download our security 1-pager.

Up next

In the coming months you can expect several major improvements around action items management, analytics, meetings summaries and planning.

Action items

Setting action items is just the beginning, we are here to help you track your action items and make sure they are actually being executed. Advanced tracking options, automated nudges in Slack and Teams, and new export options are coming soon.

Analytics

By reviewing hundreds of thousands of retro meetings data, we found GOLD! You can get so many insights from your data, from checking your team's motivation and sentiment to identifying challenges in your process. Thanks to GoRetro's enhanced analytics, you'll be able to gain more from your retros. 

Meeting recap 

What’s a meeting without a summary? A majority of GoRetro users utilize the export feature. It's nice, but it duplicates what's already on your board. The time has come for you to get a deeper overview of your meetings, so you can proudly share with your colleagues and managers, making the retro process much more effective.

Planning

The retrospective meeting is a hub for continuous improvement; it affects the planning and execution of the team. It is our goal to assist you throughout the entire Agile process and make sure your planning and daily meetings are effective and not a waste of your team's time.

About the author

Nevo Alva
CEO, Acumen

I’m an agile enthusiast, a strong believer in people, experimentation and continuous learning and improvement. Strong entrepreneurial background, currently co-founder and CEO of Acumen (creator of GoRetro), prior to Acumen I was the co-founder and CEO of Visualead (acquired by Alibaba Group). I served for 8 years in the IAF, known for its best retrospective and debriefing process in the world. Did my MBA in management of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, in Tel Aviv university‍

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