Remote Retrospectives using Restya

The greatest retrospective sessions, of course, are held face-to-face with actual whiteboards, post-its, or other tangible items to aid team collaboration, focus, and discussion.
 
However, due to the present difficult global remote working scenario caused by COVID-19, this is not always achievable. As a result, we’ve gotten a head start on releasing the first version of our remote retrospective solution. This way, you can use Restya to collect your team’s feedback and action items without having to invest money or time learning new technologies.
 
Let’s look at how to use Restya to perform a remote retrospective.

Overview

First, below is a list of Restya entities that are important to Retrospectives.
A list of all pertinent entities
The Team Iteration (also known as the Sprint) acts as the parent entity for all work items, from which a new Retrospective entity is created.
 
The Feedback and Action Items will be stored in the Retrospective object.
 
The Feedback items are used to record gratitude, ideas, views, or topics for discussion that are important to team members. A title is typically sufficient, although visuals can be added as with any other Restya object.
 
The Action Items are items that you wish to improve and that may be linked to another Team Iteration as a reference for future follow-ups, generally, one that symbolizes a future Team Iteration.

Retrospective Check-in

The measurement of individual and team happiness scores, as well as a brief discussion of any outliers, is a typical retrospective check-in activity. Open the detailed view of your retrospective object to use this feature.
Happiness Measurement Tool
Copy the session URL (which is currently in your clipboard) and give it to your team members through email or any other communication platform like Slack or MS Teams.
 
This view will appear when a team member accesses the link on their computer or mobile device, and they will be able to pick their satisfaction level.
 
When all of the scores are in, the session facilitator can choose “show results,” which will display the individual votes as well as the team’s average and allow for discussion. The findings will be saved in a remark on the retrospective item for future reference once they have been implemented.

Collecting Feedback

When it’s time for the team to provide input during the retrospective, direct them to the board you created earlier.
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Empty Collect Feedback
The board will reflect the collected team replies and finally, look like this when each team member has submitted his or her feedback or the stipulated time has passed.
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Easily Add Feedback to any column
After each team member has provided his/her feedback or the set time is up, the board will reflect collected team responses and eventually look like this.
A Feedback Collected

Compose a list of action items based on the feedback you've received.

After that, go to the “Input to Action Items” board to build Action Items from the feedback you’ve gathered and connect them.
Create new Action Items and Assign relevant feedback to it

Make a list of follow-up action items.

You and your team must determine which Action Items to keep for the next iteration or which to discard. This is how you connect a specific Action Item to a Team Iteration.
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Assign an Action Item to a future Team Iteration
On your Sprint backlog dashboard, you can now see the Action Items.

Future Enhancements & Configuration Options

We utilized the settings for the usual “Well, Not Well, Idea” retrospective feedback categories in the example above. You may, however, use “Mad, Sad, Glad,” the Starfish categories “Start, Stop, Continue, More of, Less of,” or any other you choose in a similar fashion. Simply create new custom fields in the Feedback object you’re using for the retrospective to add extra categories.
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Create a custom field on the Feedback entity to support any group of categories
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