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What style of retrospective have you found to be the most successful and/or useful?

Jason_H Atlassian Team Jan 15, 2020

There are many different styles of retrospective from the classics of Glad/Sad/Mad and the 4L's* through to some really wacky ideas like The Oscars.

What are your go-to favourites?

Do you stick with one style or do you switch depending on the outcome you're looking for?



* 4L's: Liked/Learned/Lacked/Longed for


I usually switch it up depending on the outcome or how the sprint went.

Jason_H Atlassian Team Jan 15, 2020

"The Oscars" was an attempt at a fresh theme for regular retro topics. It consisted of five columns:

  • Studio backing - what should we start doing (because the studio has loads of cash)
  • Alan Smithee - what should we stop doing (when a director quits a movie, the director credits go to Alan Smithee)
  • Director's cut - what should we do more of (directors want to spend more)
  • Producer's cut - what should we do less of (producers want to spend less)
  • And the Oscar goes to - kudos
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