Parabol vs. GoRetro

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April 3, 2022
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Parabol vs. GoRetro: how to choose the perfect retrospective platform [2022]

GoRetro reviews are 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 Parabol are two highly popular retrospective tools that have their similarities and differences. Depending on what your team prefers, one will surely be a good match. 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.  Parabol markets itself as the open-source meeting app for remote and agile teams.

GoRetro vs. Parabol: 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 Parabol 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 Parabol compare for all your organization’s needs.

More Top Retrospective Tools

In addition to GoRetro and Parabol, there are many other quality Agile retrospective tools. We researched and reviewed the leading retrospective tools and highlighted the essential information you need to know about each. Whether you're a Fortune 100 company or a smaller startup organizing a retrospective meeting, our review can help you narrow down your choices and decide which retrospective tool is right for your needs. See all of our top picks.

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 Parabol? 

Parabol is the Agile meetings tool for remote teams to run Agile ceremonies. Powering retrospective meetings and incident post-mortems, its software collects notes from workers on things that should be done, things that should no longer be done, and things that should be kept up. They have an open source version and a cloud enabled one.

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Image source: Parabol

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 Parabol.

Both GoRetro and Parabol have the same basic features, which will be covered in the next sections. The main difference comes at the integration level. Parabol integrates external platforms’ data as means of importing/exporting tickets, whereas GoRetro utilizes a deeper level of integration. With its advanced data driven features, GoRetro gives 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. 

Basic features comparison 

Private and public retrospective boards

GoRetro and Parabol both have public and private board options. When it comes to GoRetro, the public boards allow you to send a URL link to anyone you want to have access to the board. The private boards are invite-only and the admin can remove or add members. Parabol allows you to share a board through a link that is valid for 30 days, or via email.

Sprint retrospective templates and customization

Both GoRetro and Parabol have a wide variety of retrospective templates as well as custom boards. Both platforms allow your team to vote on ideas, add comments, and even create cards. GoRetro features an intuitive dashboard that includes sorting and filters to help you find a specific board quickly. Parabol has a unique user interface that updates in real-time. Parabol’s custom boards include social check-ins, anonymous reflections, asynchronous feedback features, and you can even share your custom templates across your organization. With Parabol, each team has a dashboard, and you get to see your dashboard featuring each team you are in and the tasks that are assigned to you.

What GoRetro and Parabol users have to say

Parabol and GoRetro both have comparison reports in G2, but GoRetro has 53 and Parabol only 25. There is unanimous agreement that the tools meet their requirements (90% of the reviews in G2 for Parabol and GoRetro), and a love of their ease of use and templates across the board. GoRetro is ranked as the best performer for spring 2022. Numerous reviews and testimonials refer to its data-driven insights, simplicity, time saving properties, and rise in participation as its key benefits. 


GoRetro offers you a variety of features for free, no questions asked. Parabol offers some of its features for free, such as unlimited meetings, various Agile retrospective premade and custom formats, integrations, meeting summaries, unlimited task cards, and archives, and is available for up to two teams. For $6 per month, per active user, you can have unlimited teams, priority customer service, and enhanced account security controls. Parabol also offers special prices for bigger organizations with annual billing and private cloud or on premise hosting.

GoRetro has a generos free tier which lets you do anything you can imagine with retro boards: create unlimited users, retro boards, enjoy 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. 

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

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. 

Full comparison

Pricing Free and Paid for advanced features Paid
Free trial
Unlimited users
Unlimited teams
Unlimited boards
Security compliant
Facilitator controls
Pre-built templates
Board privacy
Action items
Card voting
Merge, sort and search cards
Card comments
SAML single sign-On
Knowledge base
Participation analysis
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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