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KALM Retrospective incl. example

Are you looking for the "KALM Keep Add Less More Retrospective" for your agile team? Great, then you've come to the right place – Let me give you a quick introduction erklären👆🏽


KALM (Keep Add Less More)

The 4 questions that are asked at a KALM retrospective:

First things first: KALM is a simple acronym for "Keep Add Less More" – Who would have thought it? 😂 The KALM-Retro is known for its simplicity and effectiveness.
This is what the retrospective usually looks like on a digital whiteboard or on paper:

KALM Keep Add Less More

Whiteboard template – KALM (Keep Add Less More) Retrospective

As you can see, even the design is kept rather simple. But as we all know, the devil is in the details (or should I say the strength?)👀

Here are some brief examples of all four questions: "Keep? – Add? – Less? – More?"


Keep: What should we do as before?

✅Example: You changed your daily, asking only one question. This produced better results, so you should keep it.


Add: What should we start with?

✅Example: You have the feeling that not everyone in your team dares to speak up, there is a lack of so-called psychological safety.tSo you think about implementing a Team health check in 3 steps to perform in your team. 👉🏽 More information about: "psychological safety" or "Team health check in 3 steps"


Less: What should we do less of?

✅ Example: You were not satisfied with the amount of meetings you held and other activities were neglected. You should hold fewer / only the most important meetings.


More: What should we do more of?

✅ Example: It is good to look at agile metrics from time to time, like your team's velocity, to look – Unfortunately, that hasn't happened much lately! We should get better at keeping track of our metrics.
👉🏽More information about: "
agile metrics"

By the way, you can also find this retrospective in our Echometer tool
 and perform online with your team (without registration)🎉

Open Feedback Questions

Keep: What should we keep?

Add: What should we add?

Less: What should we reduce?

More: What should we expand?

Daki Retrospective vs. KALM Retrospective🔍

Maybe you noticed, that at first glance there is not much difference between the DAKI model "drop add keep improve" and the KALM retrospective "keep add less more". 

But the devil is in the detail:


Improve vs. More✨

At first glance, you might not see the difference here, but as I said before, the devil is in the details.

For me, the difference here is that you can do more of something but keep the quality (we should talk to each other more) or get better at something and keep the quantity (we should talk to each other better/nicer).

And even if the word doesn't seem so different at first glance – The unconscious processes that take place within you differ considerably. Ideally, you should ask yourself both questions from time to time. What should you improve? What should you do more of? Because this combination will make you a winner.🏆


Less vs. Drop💭

Now we can take a closer look at "Less vs. Drop". 

Personally, I don't like meetings. They massively reduce my productivity. But not talking (drop) is of course not an option in a team.

In this case, I wanted to spend less time in meetings but maintain the flow of information within the team. Talk "less" but say "more" was the solution for me here. 🗣

Of course, there are also things that you really shouldn't do. Are you using a tool that doesn't help the team? Drop it!

As you can see, the devil is in the detail here too.💡


Conclusion – KALM retrospective

I don't know about you, but for me, the KALM (Keep Add Less More) retrospective is one of my favorite retrospective formats. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles and fulfills the purpose of a good retro.

If you like the KALM retrospective, you'll probably like this too: 54 retrospectives for beginners and professionals.

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Open Feedback Questions

Keep: What should we keep?

Add: What should we add?

Less: What should we reduce?

More: What should we expand?

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