Parabol Alternative

Meet the Parabol Alternative: Echometer

Which alternative is better for agile teams? Parabol is a good tool for retrospectives. But it is worth investigating if there are even better alternatives out there - like Echometer.

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Quick Overview & Review Parabol

Both agile retrospectives tools have received very good reviews from users. However, the brief introductions of the tools reveal different objectives: Holistic development of a team (Echometer) vs. conducting better agile meetings (Parabol).

Echometer Review on Capterra:
4.5/5

Parabol Alternative

Quick Intro Echometer

“Most Agile Coaches and Scrum Masters run in circles fixing superficial symptoms. Time to use psychology to sustainably foster mindset change - through the Echometer retro tool."

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Parabol Review on Capterra:
4.7/5

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Quick Intro Parabol

“Better Meetings, Less Effort. All your agile meetings in one place."

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Why is Echometer better than Parabol?

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Interactive Online Retros
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
Facilitation support (Check-In or Icebreaker Generator etc.)
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
Organizing Action Items
✅ Yes
⚠️ Partially
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Echometer Retro Board
🆚 Parabol Board
Effective Timer
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
Optional anonymity
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
Integrated online whiteboards
✅ Yes
❌ No
Mobile device support for on-site retros
✅ Yes
❌ No
Voting (Prioritization)
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
No login required for external guests
✅ Yes
❌ No
Collecting feedback before retros (optional)
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
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Echometer Team Development
🆚 Parabol Team Development
Agile Health Check surveys
✅ Yes
❌ No
Team development measured over time
✅ Yes
❌ No
Health Check item pool with nudges (food for thought)
✅ Yes
❌ No
Organizational Health Checks
✅ Yes
❌ No
Retro templates for every level of maturity
✅ Yes
❌ No
ROTI (Return on Time Invest) KPI
✅ Yes
❌ No
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🆚 Parabol Pricing Model & Subscription
Data protection (developed and
hosted in Europe)
✅ Yes
❌ No
No login required to test tool
✅ Yes
⚠️ Partially
Free version after test
✅ Yes
✅ Yes
Pricing
Starting at €5.5/team member/month
From 6$/team member/month

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Parabol FAQ: General

Parabol is an online tool that can be used for conducting agile team workshops aka Retrospectives online. It is primarily used by virtual or remote teams, who often work (according to the Scrum Framework) in sprints and prefer to use varying retro templates at the end of their iteration.

The Parabol Alternative Echometer is a retrospective tool with a stronger focus on holistic team development.

You can find the Parabol website at https://www.parabol.co/.

The website of the Parabol Alternative Echometer is https://echometerapp.com/.

Yes, Parabola is open source. More information regarding this can be found on the company's website and on GitHub.

The Parabol Company is a private company located at 8605 Santa Monica Blvd, PMB 73201, West Hollywood, California 90069-4109, USA. Parabol was founded by Jordan Husney and Taya Mueller. According to LinkedIn, Jordan Husney is the CEO, Taya Mueller no longer works at Parabol.

The Parabol Alternative Echometer belongs predominantly to the three founders Robin Roschlau (Software Developer), Jean Michel Diaz (Business Economist) and Christian Heidemeyer (Psychologist). You can find more about our story in the linked post – "3 reasons for (not) another retro tool". 

The Parabol CEO is Jordan Husney. The Parabol Alternative Echometer belongs predominantly to the three founders Robin Roschlau (Software Developer), Jean Michel Diaz (Business Economist) and Christian Heidemeyer (Psychologist). You can find more about our story in the linked post – "3 reasons for (not) another retro tool". 

Other Parabol competitors include Echometer. In addition to Echometer, Neatro or MetroRetro can be named as typical Parabol alternatives. EasyRetro or TeamRetro are similar to Parabol. You can find an overview of the various Parabol competitors in our Retro Tool Comparison.

Yes and no: Parabol is free for use in up to two teams. Prices for 3 teams or more start from 6$ per team member per month. The Parabol Alternative Echometer is also free forever for up to 2 teams, find more on this in our Pricing.

The Parabol subscription comes in three tiers: Personal (free for up to 2 teams, just like the Parabol Alternative Echometer), Pro (6$/team member/month) and Enterprise (individual contract for larger companies). Depending on the pricing tier, SSO, an unlimited number of teams or increased security is included, for example. Visit the company's website for a full overview over the Parabol subscription.

The Parabol Alternative Echometer is free forever for up to 2 teams, after that pricing starts from 5.5€ per user per month – more on this in our Pricing.

Parabol is open source and has taken some measures for app security, privacy and data protection. The tool is compliant with EU-US Privacy Shield, GDPR, CalOPPA, and US FIPS. In case you live in Germany, you should double check where exactly the data is stored and processed.

A full overview of security, privacy and data protection measures can be found on the company's website.

The Parabol Alternative Echometer is GDPR compliant and hosted in Germany. It meets the highest standards of data protection and security. Detailed information can be found on our website at GDPR and Security.

No, there is no official possibility for a Parabol Download. 

Nevertheless, Parabol can be called an app or application because it is a computer program that works browser-based.

So far, there is only an unofficial download for the Parabol Alternative Echometer on web catalogue.

Parabol FAQ: Contact & Support

Yes, there is a quick Parabol demo in the form of a website with short videos: https://www.parabol.co/blog/demo-retro-meeting/. 

You can find a short video on how the Parabol Alternative Echometer works on our "How it Works" site. If you would like a personal presentation or demo, you are welcome to book a free online demo with us following the link.

You can find the Parabol LinkedIn profile on this page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/parabol/. In autumn 2022, Parabol has around 1500 followers.

You can find the LinkedIn profile of the Parabol Alternative Echometer following this link. In autumn 2022, Echometer had around 2600 followers.

There is a Parabol Tutorial in the form of an eight minute video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tin8Co46OLU

You can find a video of how the Parabol Alternative Echometer works on our "How it Works" site. In our Help Center we give a detailed overview on how you can take the first steps in the Echometer Retro Tool.

If you would like a personal online demo, you are welcome to book a free online demo with Christian or Jean following the link.

There is a Parabol Help Center at this link: https://www.parabol.co/support/. You can also write to the Parabol Support directly via their email address, which you can find on the site.

You can easily get support for the Parabol Alternative Echometer via the chat (bottom left of our website) or via this website by writing a message. Alternatively, you can send a message via email to support at echometerapp dot com. Jean or Christian will get back to you as soon as possible 🙂

If you are logged into the Echometer tool, you can even send us a message through the tool (below on the left, behind the question mark).

No, currently, Parabol does not offer webinars.

With the Parabol Alternative Echometer you can book your personal webinar following this link at any time. 

If you are interested in the topics "20+ tips for retros" or "Change team mindset in 12 steps", take a look at our free eBooks

Yes, you can export data e.g. as CSV from Parabol meeting's. 

Parabol is open source and has some integrations, but no API.

The Parabol Login, Parabol Registration or Parabol Sign-Up all happen on the https://action.parabol.co/ page.

With the Parabol Alternative Echometer, one can also conduct a retrospective without login on the linked page. The Sign-up or the Registration for a full free account is behind the links.

Parabol FAQ: The tool

No, Parabol does not have an integrated retro whiteboard. However, the Parabol Alternative Echometer has an online whiteboard. Echometer is suitable for remote or virtual teams, and even on-site teams.

You can use Parabol for free in up to 2 teams. There is an official Parabol tutorial on their website to help you use the tool.

You can find a video of how the Parabol Alternative Echometer works on our "How it Works" site. In our Help Center we give a detailed overview on how you can take the first steps in the Echometer Retro Tool.

Yes, Parabol can be used anonymously. The Parabol Alternative Echometer even allows anonymous feedback on both the Retro Board and the included Retro Whiteboard.

Yes, Parabol has a Jira integration with which you can, for example, export action items to a Jira project. The Parabol Alternative Echometer also has an integration into Jira that allows you to transfer action items into Jira projects.

In October 2022, Parabol had about 40 retrospective formats, while the Parabol Alternative Echometer has hundreds of retrospective methods in the form of freely combinable retro games, agile health checks or team radars and classic retrospective questions. Thus, you can end every Scrum Sprint with fun in Echometer.

No, Parabol does not have Team Radar or Health Check Retrospectives, while the Parabol Alternative Echometer offers hundreds of freely combinable Team Radar Retros. Echometer even works on both team and cross-team level. Your development can be tracked over many sprints, regardless of whether you are a virtual remote team or work on site.

Yes, the Sailboat Retro can be conducted in Parabol. In the Parabol Alternative Echometer, the sailboat retro can even be carried out and be enriched with whiteboard retro games. The retro idea is suitable for virtual remote teams, for teams in the office as well as for hybrid teams.

Yes, Parabol offers "Single Sign On" or SSO, but only in the Enterprise contract. The Parabol Alternative Echometer also offers SSO.