On the one hand, there are of course the Atlassian retrospective tools within the Atlassian suite: In Confluence there are "retrospective templates" such as "Start Stop Keep", in Jira you could create a kanban board for conducting an agile sprint retrospective. On the other hand, there are many retrospective apps within the Atlassian marketplace and other tools that offer integrations. Examples include Echometer or Team Retro (see below).
The question of which is the best Atlassian retrospective tool is hard to answer: it depends on the context. If you prefer perfect integration into the Atlassian Suite, then you can basically only work with Confluence or Jira, Confluence being more appropriate for Atlassian retros than Jira.
If you are serious about "continuous improvement" and developing your team including their agile mindset (i.e. the goal of agile retrospectives), then you should take a look at agile retrospective tools. These specialize in the use case "Interactive and fun online retros" and often have integrations with the Atlassian Suite. For example, Echometer or Parabol can be mentioned here.
The question of which is the best Atlassian Retro Board is also difficult to answer: again, it depends on your context. If you want perfect integration into the Atlassian Suite, you can basically only work with Jira and put together your own Kanban Retro Board.
If you are serious about developing your team including their agile mindset (i.e. the goal of agile retrospectives), then you should take a look at agile retrospective tools. Their retro boards specialize in the use case "interactive and fun online retros" and often have integrations with the Atlassian Suite. For example, Echometer or Neatro can be mentioned here.
|Evaluation criteria||Echometer||Atlassian (Jira & Confluence)||Team Retro||FunRetro former EasyRetro Board||MetroRetro Board|
|Integration with Jira||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Atlassian Retro App available (Marketplace)||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Interactive online retrospectives||Yes||No||Partially||No||Yes|
|Templates for every level of team maturity||Yes||No||Partially||No||No|
|Continuous tracking of action items|
(retro to retro)
|Team development measured over time||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|Collecting feedback before retros (optional)||Yes||Partially||No||No||No|
|Organizational Health Checks||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Health Check Item Pool|
with nudges (food for thought)
|Mobile Device Support|
for on-site retros
|Data protection (In Germany|
developed and hosted)
|Free version (after trial)||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
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