Retros.work vs. GoRetro

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May 3, 2022
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Retros.work 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! 😊

Sprint retrospective tools are great for you and your team to reflect on past performance. Once you can pinpoint any issues in past projects, you will be able to make sure that those issues do not happen again. Sprint retrospectives allow you to learn from the past to improve and plan for the future. Additionally, these tools allow you and your team to stay organized during any project. GoRetro and Retros.work are two great retrospective platforms and, depending on what your team prefers, one will surely be a good match.

We built GoRetro from the ground up during the Covid era in order to serve modern teams as they navigate this new world of remote/hybrid retrospective meetings.  Retros.work is a simple tool that can help you run remote retrospective at ease. 

GoRetro vs. Retros.work: The high-level comparison

When the time comes to getting 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 can get tricky. 

👉  Both GoRetro and Retros.work offer similar basic functionalities 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 Retros.work compare for all your organization’s needs.

More Top Retrospective Tools

In addition to GoRetro and Retros.work, 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 is constantly praised by its simplicity, ease of use, and flexibility.

What is Retros.work? 

Retros.work combines the power of an online retrospective board with HR software. Your team can have all the benefits of an online retrospective, and also express how they feel and give energy scores. This data is beautifully visualized in trends charts and tables, providing autonomous (Scrum) teams the power to also steer on emotion and energy. 

Retros.work - retrospective screenshot
Image source: Retros.work

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 Retros.work.

Both GoRetro and Retros.work have the same basic features, which will be covered in the next sections. The main difference comes on the integration level. Retros.work 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. 

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

Basic features comparison 

Sprint retrospective collaboration 

Both platforms allow team members to indicate how they feel and vote on any retrospective ideas and action items. Retros.work has the question model features, which allows you to ask your team pre-phrased questions as well as create your own to assess how everything is going. GoRetro allows team members to comment on cards to give feedback. 

Both platforms have roles that can be assigned to different members. GoRetro has the account admin role, who can view and manage any board or member, create teams, and assign roles. The team admin can view and manage teams and respective boards. Lastly, team members can only view or create boards within the team they are in. Retros.work’s roles are very similar to GoRetro’s. Full control is just like the account admin role. The manager’s role allows you to manage specific teams and boards, and the employee has the same role as the team member. 

Agile retrospective privacy and exporting

GoRetro allows you to choose from a wide array of Sprint retrospective formats or create your own board. Additionally, you can password-protect your boards or simply set them to public. Both platforms allow you to export data to use offline or keep for your records. Retros.work allows you to export your boards and data to Excel. With GoRetro, you can export boards to PDF, Excel, and Clipboard.

What GoRetro and Retros.work customers have to say

Retros.work is not included in G2, but GoRetro is ranked as the top performer for spring 2022. It has plenty of strong reviews and testimonials which mention its data-driven insights, simplicity, time saving and boost in participation as core benefits. 

Pricing

GoRetro offers you a variety of features for free, no questions asked. Retros.work has a free version that offers some features; however, to get all of the platform’s premium features you will need to pay a monthly subscription. The premium membership allows you to pick as many users as you need to be in your team, gives you unlimited trends reports and archives, and lets you create your own Sprint retrospective question models. Retros.work’s free version features unlimited boards and teams, but you do not get all of the features for trend reports and the archive. Additionally, you and your team only have access to default question models. 

GoRetro has a generos free tier which lets you do anything you can imagine with retro boards. Features include unlimited users, retro boards, plenty of pre-built and fully customizable templates, inviting unlimited team members, commenting, voting, drag/drop/merge options, creating action items, following trends in the analytics panel, exporting, 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.

Full comparison

Retros.work
Pricing Free and Paid for advanced features 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 app 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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