Not surprisingly, we love to talk to people about retrospectives, and we’re a bit obsessed with making them as effective as possible. We’ve heard from customers that great retrospectives are those that can engage the team, maintain trust and psychological safety, and allow everyone to equally share their perspective.
During our conversations, we also hear stories of retrospectives that haven’t gone well, and one of the issues that comes up all the time is that retrospectives can become stale.
If team members get bored or retrospectives feel monotonous, this can get in the way of gaining new insights and discussing the most important topics. Because variety can help keep things fun and engaging, we’re excited to talk about the newest additional to Retrium, Team Radars.
This week is the 2018 Agile Conference in San Diego, and we’ll be there to talk about all aspects of retrospectives. Additionally, we have a few exciting announcements to share.
First, for all new and existing customers, Retrium Team Room Edition is now just $29 per active team room, per month. This new price is available starting today, so it’s a great time to try Retrium (if you haven’t yet) or to share Retrium with a friend or colleague.
The recent release of Organizations was the most significant change we’ve made to Retrium since we started. Not only did it make it easier for customers to manage access to Retrium and gain more visibility into usage, but it also made it so that we can release features even faster. Win-win!
We’re addressing the top requested customer features with the goal of making meetings in Retrium the most customizable and collaborative retrospective experience possible. We're also working to ensure that we use industry best practices in our app, so you can be certain your Retrium-powered retrospectives are in alignment with the processes suggested by Agile experts.
With all this in mind, we released custom column-based retrospective techniques a few weeks ago, and now we’re releasing more features that address the most pressing needs of all our customers.
Our focus this year is to make Retrium more customizable and collaborative while maintaining the ease-of-use customers have come to expect. Customers tell us that this will drive even more engagement and fun during their Retrium retrospectives, with the goal of bringing out the voice of every participant and helping their teams discuss the most important topics.
We’ll soon be launching a collection of new features aimed at helping companies use and support Retrium across their company. We call it Retrium Organizations.
Our mission for Retrium has always been to create a retrospective product that’s easy to use and provides a safe place for teams to discuss learnings, issues, and anything else that needs to be addressed. We’ve taken the feedback you’ve shared with us to guide the evolution of Retrium, which balances usability and psychological safety with power and visibility.
What we will accomplish with organizations is the same great product you love for team retrospectives, now with better visibility across your company, simpler permissions, and easier access to team rooms for all.
We share tips and best practices for retrospectives because we're passionate about helping teams continuously improve. We are always excited to hear about how incorporating these tips has helped you improve your retrospectives. So you can only imagine how excited we were to hear we'd been recognized as #33 on the list of 100 Top Agile Blogs by Luis Goncalves!
Effective brainstorming is critical in a retrospective. It is the very first thing you do during your retrospectives and serves as the foundation for the discussions that follow. So it’s not unexpected that I’m regularly asked how to have more engaging and effective brainstorm sessions.
Since our first call for input by way of the survey, we've received a lot of feedback on the Annual Agile Retrospectives Report, or AARR as we've started referring to it at Retrium. We've heard from some folks that there are additional topics that we should be covering; others want to see the survey broken into different sections. Regardless, there is one common theme in the response we've received in our feedback - it's about time!
While the response we've received has already exceeded our expectations, we decided to extend the deadline to this Friday, May 12 to gather as much feedback as possible. Click here to take the survey now.