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The importance of retrospective formats and templates

The process of a sprint retrospective is almost as important as the outcome of it. And one of the most effective ways to make the process fun and engaging is to use retrospective templates. These templates have been used and validated throughout the years for lots of different teams.

But how can you find the best retrospective template for your team? This is one of the most common questions that come to our minds when planning the next retrospective. Here, we'll share our recommendations for how to find the best retrospective template for your team and organization.

How to find the best retrospective template for your team?

The first step when finding the best retrospective format is to think about the type of project being worked on.

For example, a team that meets frequently and has a lot of interaction may be best suited to a simple and straightforward approach like the What Went Well exercise.

On the other hand, for long-term projects, applying the SWOT Analysis template could be a great choice, due to its deeper approach that allows you to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your team.

As the manager, you also need to think about the characteristics of your team. Is it an experienced team? A team of newcomers? What is the overall mood? How long is a typical iteration, and how long each person has been working on their tasks? These are all things that you should consider before choosing the best template.

The last step is to try to keep it relevant and engaging, avoiding any potential boredom. If people gets bored during the retrospective you will not be able to make the most out of it. To make sure you are running great and on-schedule meetings, take a look at our Free Meeting Timer Tool.

If haven't decided on which template to use yet, head to our Retrospective Ideas page, where you'll find 100+ Sprint Retrospective Ideas that you can try on EasyRetro!

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