Our best off list for 2020 was so successful that we decided to update it for 2021.
Indeed, choosing the right tool can make all the difference for your Agile retrospectives. With remote working being the new norm for most companies around the world, choosing the right Agile retrospective tool (or switching between a handful of them) can help enhance your retrospectives, better organize them, boost participation and improve the follow-up after the meeting.
Retrospective tool #1: TeamMood 🏆
TeamMood is the best tool to help you gather daily insights on how your team members are feeling and what may bother them. It can be a great source of insights for your retrospectives and You can then use your team mood chart and feedback as a basis to open up discussions in your retrospectives.
TeamMood starts at €2 per month per user, after a 30-day trial period. The Enterprise pack allows for more customization and integration with your internal tools.
TeamMood is easy as pie! It lets you gather anonymously the mood of your team members and their feedback on a daily basis. Each individual simply clicks on her mood of the day directly inside the email she receives every day at a specific time. It takes no more than 2 minutes to gather this valuable information.
Retrospective tool #2: Neatro
Neatro offers a selection of useful and industry-proven retrospectives formats to let your team grow. Whether you are leading a remote or in-person retrospective, you can choose a pre-designed template or build a custom retrospective activity that matches your team’s context and needs.
No credit card required to start using the 30-day trial period. Pricing starts at 20$ per month per team. Get a discount on every extra team you create.
Neatro automatically highlights incomplete action items from previous activities when starting a new retrospective meeting. The tool is also a fully responsive web app, making it possible to attend a retrospective meeting from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Retrospective tool #3: Retros.work
Retros.work is a beautiful online retrospective tool that focuses on human resources. Team members can post your retro feedback all along the sprint. It also allows you to express how you are feeling with emoticons and energy scores. With Retros.work, you can vote for action items and create to-dos. Last but not least, you can use it for both remote and in-office retrospectives.
You can start using Retros.work with a 30-day free trial. The pricing depends on the number of users and allows for unlimited boards: €39,90 a month for a team of 10 users, €84,75 for a team of 25 and €134,50 a month for a team of 50.
Retros.work allows you to track emotion and energy trends over multiple sprints. It also works well on mobile.
Retrospective tool #4: goReflect
goReflect is a retrospective tool that promotes continuous process review. With goReflect, teams can share ideas, either in a stream or on customizable boards. Thanks to its smart e dashboard, you can easily monitor the commitments you make as a team.
Free for 100 days then $2.67/user/month.
goReflect adopts a unique way of doing retrospectives: not just at the end of the sprint, but in a permanent way in order to drive continuous improvement. Retrospective boards are available at all times for the team members to share their thoughts.
Retrospective tool #5: TeamRetro
TeamRetro is an enterprise-ready retrospective meeting tool for Agile coaches, Scrum masters, and teams. All actions are stored online, in a single list that you can track from meeting to meeting and access from anywhere. TeamRetro is a great tool to help you run engaging and action-focused retrospectives with remote or co-located teams.
Prices range from $25 per month for one team to $90 per month for 6 teams. The Enterprise plan allows for several teams and custom settings.
In addition to its retrospective features, TeamRetro allows you to gain insights into what is motivating and challenging your team members through different health dimensions: ownership, goal alignment, communication, …
Retrospective tool #6: ScatterSpoke
ScatterSpoke allows each team member to launch and share a retrospective with her other team members. Everyone can add cards in real-time, vote on issues, create groups, or pin items to follow them up.
The free plan allows for unlimited retros and team members. For premium services (unlimited history, analytics, …), prices start at $25 per month. ScatterSpoke also offers an Enterprise plan with advanced features.
ScatterSpoke makes it easy for anyone to play the role of facilitator, which plays an important part in keeping retrospectives as objective as possible.
Retrospective tool #7: GoRetro
GoRetro is a free agile sprint retrospective tool that makes the entire retro process seamless, simple, fun, and productive. The tool comes with pre-designed templates that offer a variety of retrospective formats. It measures a happiness index for developers and lists action items.
Besides all the traditional retrospective features, GoRetro allows you to add specific action items for assignees, in order to make sure the retro achieves results for good.
Retrospective tool #8: Metro Retro
Metro Retro is a real-time retro whiteboard. It offers fun collaboration tools made specifically for remote or co-located teams to run productive, engaging and fun retrospectives. Its beautiful templates are entirely customisable to let teams choose their retro format.
Metro Retro allows team members to vote on sticky notes with smileys and celebrate actions with a confetti cannon 🤩.
Website: Metro Retro
Retrospective tool #9: FunRetro
FunRetro makes it super easy to optimize your sprint retrospective efficiency and follow up action plans. You can easily configure your dashboards and export your data to keep track of your sessions and action plans.
FunRetro offers an evolutive pricing: free for up to 3 public boards, and from €22 to €78 per month (billed annually) for 1 to 5 teams.
You can toggle your retrospectives to a secret mode in order to allow true honest feedback.
Retrospective tool #10: TeleRetro
TeleRetro makes it easy for anyone to start an engaging and effective retro with ready prepared and customisable formats. Ensure your team is always improving – surface important issues, review & export actions in real time to the tools you already use.
Free plan available. Paid plans start from £18 per month.
TeleRetro has a unique ‘Ice-breakers’ feature which lets facilitators play music or video such as SoundCloud and YouTube directly from the retro board.
Retrospective tool #11: Sprint Boards
Sprint Boards is specifically designed for Agile developers. Retrospectives are simple and easy with Sprint Boards’ keyboard shortcuts for adding and saving cards and support for merging duplicates. And when the retro is over, you can lock boards to prevent further changes.
$7.99 per month per person.
You can prevent team members from influencing each other by masking each others’ cards until the end of the retrospective.
Website: Sprint Boards
Retrospective tool #12: Retrium
Retrium is a retrospective tool specifically designed to identify problems that threaten to derail teamwork. With Retrium, team members can privately look into what went well or bad, vote for propositions, and prioritize discussions. The team can then create action plans out of individual ideas and track progress.
Prices start at $29 per month and per team.
Retrium allows Agile teams to run anonymous surveys and take stock on safety, engagement, and team performance.
Retrospective tool #13: Parabol
Parabol is an online retrospective tool that offers unique features, such as multi-user grouping, customizable retrospective templates, rich formatting and emojis, slack integration, and beautiful meeting summaries.
Parabol is free to use and open-source, but pro and Enterprise plans offer more features.
Parabol lets you ask granular questions and dive back into prior experiences. It’s a great tool for prompting people to think about their processes and how they are functioning as part of the team.
Retrospective tool #14: Reetro
Reetro is an online retrospective tool specifically designed for remote agile teams. It fosters collaboration from multi-located team members and automates the retrospective process.
Reetro integrates with the most common Scrum tools such as JIRA, Trello, Yodiz, and Asana.
Retrospective tool #15: RetroTool
RetroTool is a real-time online retrospective tool that helps teams reflect anonymously. Team members can brainstorm ideas and problems, group them, vote and create action plans based on the discussion. RetroTool is a great asset for facilitators to build their retrospective the way they want it to be. It allows for unlimited columns and participants.
The tool is free and will always offer a free version.
RetroTool is simple to use and offers the flexibility to use it for retrospectives, brainstorming or agenda-less meetings.
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