Timeboxing in the retrospective

Does your team regularly take longer than planned to complete retrospectives and you're wondering how to improve time management?

Here are our tips:

  • Communicate to the team ahead how much time is available and ask if everyone is willing to fully commit to the retro during that time period.
  • If possible, start prioritizing the feedback halfway through the time. This leaves enough time after the prioritization to start analyzing the most important topics and defining action items.
  • If topics threaten to break out of their time slot, use the timer in the retro to set a time box for the topic. The countdown is then visible to all participants in the retro and lights up red when it expires:

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