Geekbot vs. GoRetro

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May 1, 2022
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Geekbot vs. GoRetro: How to choose the perfect retrospective platform [2022]

GoRetro reviews is our latest blog series where we provide the facts about different retrospective tools – no BS and no hyperbole needed. Keep scrolling for our analysis and to learn more about all the retrospective tools out there. Enjoy!  😊

GoRetro and Geekbot are two highly popular remote Agile work tools that have their similarities and differences. Depending on your team, one of the two platforms will surely fulfill all your dev team’s wants and needs. We built GoRetro from the ground up during the Covid era to serve modern teams as they navigate this new world of remote/hybrid retrospective meetings.  GeekBot helps distributed teams to run effective retrospective meetings over slack.

GoRetro vs. Geekbot: The High-level comparison

When the time comes to get your organization’s processes in order, the first step is knowing you need a solution. But the next step, actually picking and onboarding a new platform, is where things get tricky. 

👉  Both GoRetro and Geekbot offer similar basic functionality for running your next retrospective meeting, but GoRetro shines when it comes to deep data integration and top of the line security features right from the free tier (and not just for the enterprise tier).

Continue reading below and see how GoRetro and Geekbot compare for all your organization’s needs.

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What is GoRetro? 

GoRetro is a free SOC-2 certified, Agile sprint retrospective tool that facilitates the entire retro process, making it simple, collaborative and data-driven. GoRetro is used by thousands of Agile teams across the globe, from garage startups to the biggest enterprises in the world (over 20% of S&P 500 companies use GoRetro), and constantly praised for its simplicity, ease of use, and flexibility.

What is “Geekbot”? 

Geekbot is a Slackbot that helps remote teams conduct their retrospectives in Slack. Setting it up takes just a few minutes, and it helps teams across the organization stay up-to-date and organized. The bot asks you a few (customizable) questions at the beginning of the meeting and keeps teams on track. Some of Geekbot's default questions include:

Questions like these reflect on your way of working and help you keep getting better at what you do. Geekbot keeps a log of what’s going well in your projects, alongside what you can improve.

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Features comparison 

❗The most important thing to know is that GoRetro is a SOC-2 and ISO 27001 certified, secured by design platform that gives the same level of security for all tiers, whether you pay or not. This is not applicable for Geekbot.

Both GoRetro and Geekbot have the same basic features, which will be covered in the next sections. The main difference comes on the integration level. GoRetro utilizes a deeper level of integration, advanced data-driven features give you superpowers. You can say goodbye to juggling endless spreadsheets and tabs. Use your real-time sprint data to run better retros and improve your team’s performance; get a sense of what is happening, identify gaps in planning, and see what your team actually spends their time on. GoRetro will allow you to analyze your sprints to identify trends, track improvements and uncover stumbling blocks. On average, we managed to increase participation by 80%. Save time on technical preparation and focus on what's important - getting better. 

The GoRetro security team spends days and nights to make sure your data is secured at the highest standards out there. We are SOC-2 and ISO 27001 certified, audited and evaluated by an independent auditor in all aspects of product, infrastructure, and policies. GoRetro has been certified as compliant with their stringent requirements.

Basic features comparison 

Retrospective meeting privacy

GoRetro’s boards can be public or private. The public option allows you to send a URL link to anyone you want to access the board, while the private setting is through invite-only, and the admin can add or remove members. 

Geekbot also offers private or public boards. No one can access your boards unless they are in Slack. The difference between private and public boards on Geekbot is that the private ones allow you to send them to specific people without spamming the entire team. 

Retrospective integration and user roles

Geekbot fully integrates with Slack, and when setting up your Geekbot for the first time, you will log in with Slack right away. Additionally, user roles in Geekbot follow those of Slack. Admins can manage the entire organization’s grid or workplace, full members have access to all user features in the workspace, and guests and invited members have limited access. 

GoRetro integrates with Jira to help you conduct a more focused/honest retrospective meeting by. Incorporate data into the meeting, from iteration burndown, suggested cards, to trends and highlights and much more. In addition, GoRetro also provides user roles: The account admin can view and manage all boards, members, create teams, and assign roles. The team admin can view and manage teams and respective boards. Lastly, the team member can only view or create boards within the team they are in.

Sprint retro templates and customization

GoRetro features fully customizable boards as well as a variety of retrospective templates. The platform allows team members to vote on ideas, add comments, and even create cards of different types that can be assigned to specific members with a date. You can easily find all your boards in the dashboard and by using the sorting and filtering features of the platform. 

Geekbot has a unique feature called standup, which allows the team to keep everyone in the loop with regular updates on the progress of a project. Geekbot has a variety of templates and you can create your own boards. The platform allows you to analyze feedback and plan your retrospective cycle with automatic reminders. The AI can even give you data on who has given feedback or been active. You can ping whoever has not been active. 

Pricing

Geekbot is free of charge for up to 10 participants. If your team exceeds that number, it costs $2.50 per participant per month. If you have a bigger business, you can talk to Geekbot to find the best price for you.

GoRetro has a generos free tier which lets you do anything you can imagine with retro boards: create unlimited users, retro boards, plenty of pre-built and fully customizable templates, invite unlimited team members, comment, vote, drag/drop/merge, create actions items, follow trends in the analytics panel, export, and much more. 

In the premium tier, users can benefit from advanced features such as integrations, data models, automatic sprint analysis, AI models, and so on.

The security team of GoRetro does not discriminate between tiers and offer the same level of security across all tiers. Plus, GoRetro is SOC2 & ISO 27001 certified, ensuring your data is protected by the latest security standards. 

Full comparison

Geekbot
Pricing Free and Paid for advanced features Free and Paid
Free trial
Unlimited users
Unlimited teams
Unlimited boards
Security compliant
Integrations
Facilitator controls
Pre-built templates
Customizable
Board privacy
Action items
Card voting
Merge, sort and search cards
Card comments
Analytics
Reports
SAML single sign-On
Exporting
Support
Knowledge base
Participation analysis
Timer
Happiness pools
Anonymous participation
Public boards
Real time sprint summary analytics
Micro/Macro sprint analysis
Suggested cards
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Determining the right software fit for your team 

We know that the road to a new platform for your organization can seem like a long and complicated one, but by pairing the information we’ve reviewed with your unique insight about your team, it won’t be difficult to find the right retrospective tool to suit your needs. Our core product values are simplicity, ease of use and flexibility. We believe that retrospecting should not take you or your team out of focus or be an obstacle; it should be a fun experience. As such, we’ve made our user interface, features, and overall design seamless and intuitive. From the onboarding process to the meeting itself, GoRetro is your trusted partner.

👉 GoRetro is continuously releasing new features, so be sure to check out our changelog for updates.

👉 You can find useful articles at our Help Center and at our Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our support team.

Happy retrospecting!

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