What are the best resources to run a retrospective?

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    #1Retrium

    Retrium
    Retrium is a tool that lets you run effective retrospectives with your team.
    Websites

    $5- Varies by plan

    Laura Powell
    Written on March 27, 2017
    "I've sat through many boring retrospectives, mostly because they are boring organized and run. Retrium helps improve the retrospective experience. The first time I used it, I was noticeably more engaged and motivated. I recommend trying out the Retrium for future retrospectives with your team!"
  2. 17

    #2Realtime Board

    Realtime Board

    Miro, formerly known as Realtime Board, is a visual collaboration platform for agile product teams, UX/UI designers, project leaders, marketers, and creatives.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Frank Beck
    Written on January 17, 2017
    "I work in software engineering remotely with 5 other engineers who are also remote. We have tried all of the major collaboration platforms and they always were lacking. Then came Realtime Board!!! It has all the major features we needed while being multiple time more intuitive than those other collaboration platforms! If you are on a remote team do yourself a favor and ditch those other platforms and increase your output speeds by using Realtime Board."
  3. 16

    #3ScatterSpoke

    ScatterSpoke
    An online retrospective tool that lets you take notes of facts, events, kudos, and observations right when they happen. 
    Websites

    Free

    Pranav Yadav
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "If you want to deal with past events or situation and have the other people know who you guys managed to overcome trials in the past. ScatterSpoke is the best solution. My team and I registered on this website and its really easy, now add your team and customize your retro, add cards for events facts even kudos for a good work. Share ideas and vote on group themes."
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    #4Fun Retro

    Fun Retro
    Fun Retro is a free tool that lets you run retrospectives with your team by defining what went well, what should improve, and what actions to take. 
    Websites

    Free

    Scott Williams
    Written on August 21, 2017
    "I thought Fun Retro was just what I was looking for but after trying it for a bit, I realized this is not what I thought it was. It does not work well to run a retrospective. Try a different program if you are looking for something like this. "
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    #5Retrospectus

    Retrospectus
    Retrospectus is a tool that lets you create retrospectives and categorize information by what made you happy, sad, or confused.
    Websites

    Free- $19.99/month

    Katherine Kelly
    Written on July 9, 2017
    "Retrospectus is a great resource to get feedback from team members The retrospectives really help you become better each time you conduct a group project or meeting. I really like it."
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    #6Sensei

    Sensei
    Sensei is a tool that lets you run retrospectives for distributed agile teams. It helps encourage collaboration from every team member and lets you follow up on every action. 
    Websites

    Free

    Edward Johnston
    Written on January 11, 2017
    "Sensei is a collaborative tool that allows you to get your work done. Have a team project you need to finish? Track and record each person's actions needed for the project and stay on top of who needs to do what to finish and get to your goal."
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    #7Stormz

    Stormz
    Stormz is an online collaborative retrospective tool that uses cards to track and manage all the information.
    Websites

    $10- Varies by plan

    David Ellis
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "I find that finding resources to run a retrospective can be confusing to newbie people. I was a newbie and after searching around found Stormz. With Google Hangouts. It helps everybody stay on the same page while communicating. I recommend this to my co-workers and friends."
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    #8DZone

    DZone
    This article by Tomasz Dziurko for DZone goes over three retrospective tools, explains how to use them together and what are the pros and cons of each one. 
    Websites

    Free

    Eric Zheng
    Written on September 12, 2017
    "Good resource finding tools to run retrospective. They currently have three applications available that take on different types of graphical user interface. Some tools allow you to draw while you can post online sticky notes with others. This could be one of the best free resources."
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    #9A Project Postmortem Toolkit

    A Project Postmortem Toolkit
    The article A Project Postmortem Toolkit: Apps and Approaches that Help You Learn More from Retrospectives, explains what postmortems and retrospectives are, why they are useful, and how to make the most of the information that is collected through them.
    Websites

    Free

    Shirley Coleman
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "I definitely support project postmortems. I think it gives a great opportunity for a team to be reflective and learn from the success and the failures of a project. I found a lot of useful ideas in this toolkit, so would recommend reviewing this article before planning your next postmortem!"
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    #10Sprint Boards

    Sprint Boards

    Sprint Boards is a website that offers retrospective board service that features keyboard shortcuts and the Slack option on the share menu. It also has some exclusive features that users can utilize upon subscribing.

    Websites

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Brian Hale
    Written on January 15, 2019
    "We use this service for our fortnightly retros as our developers are often spread between different offices. My colleagues probably appreciate the ability to mask cards the most, because it prevents us from influencing each other before we're ready to review all the items. I did notice they've recently added an option to highlight cards to everyone else, which is a *huge* time saver for me. It even scrolls other users down to the card I've highlighted if it's not in view! We like it enough that we find using an online retro tool like this is useful even when we're all in the same room. If you haven't moved to an online retro tool yet, I'd recommend you do so!"
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    #11Retrospective Exercises Toolbox

    Retrospective Exercises Toolbox
    In the post Retrospective Exercises Toolbox, Ben Linders gives you several tools for running a successful retrospective and explains how to make the most of each one.
    Websites

    Free

    Kathryn Brewer
    Written on May 9, 2017
    "A little intimidating at first, but this retrospective exercises toolbox has a lot links to great resources to look into if you're interested in running a retrospective. It gave me a lot of new ideas and exercises to run with my group."

Summary

Best What are the best resources to run a retrospective
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Retrium Websites 23 Paid
2Realtime BoardWebsites 17 Free
3ScatterSpoke Websites 16 Free
4Fun Retro Websites 12 Free
5Retrospectus Websites 11 Free
6Sensei Websites 9 Free
7Stormz Websites 8 Paid
8DZone Websites 5 Free
9A Project Postmortem ToolkitWebsites 3 Free
10Sprint BoardsWebsites 2 Paid
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