Retrospectives are great to build a strong, productive team, but there can be a few challenges that impact on the quality of the process. We have a list of what stops an effective team retrospective.
Getting people to be genuinely honest; to tell everyone what they really think is vitally important. Without this, you may as well continue on in a shroud of optimistic candour and hopeful bliss. The problem is that most rather not hurt the feelings of the colleagues directly.. or even the boss. Anonymity is often the key here.
Getting all the ideas down quickly, collated for review, comment and taking action is a manual process especially if you have a large team or one that is distributed. A meeting that takes too long, without purpose or lacks visibility can be a big downer to the process. Keep it quick, nimble and automated.
Ensuring you have synthesised the outcomes and people can vote on key focus areas and to take some real action makes sure the whole team moves forward. Don’t leave until you have a few take away action points.