Jira itself can only be used for retrospectives in a roundabout way, namely by 1. creating a project and then 2. creating a Kanban board in this project with the retro questions, for example "Start, Stop, Keep" (one column each). Now team members can leave their feedback in the respective columns during the retro.
However, this is not the only way to answer the question how to do retrospective in Jira. we would not recommend using the Jira board, as it is simply not designed for agile retrospectives. Alternatively, you can better use a Confluence template for retrospectives that integrates well with Jira. Your best option is probably to use a specialised free retro tool like Echometer, which has an integration with the Jira tool and even offers features like ROTI score, flexible whiteboard, health check and retro formats integrated. There are many more options for retro boards in the Atlassian marketplace.
The Echometer retrospective Jira plugin works relatively simple: In your Echometer workspace administration, you have to connect your Jira account using your Jira workspace link. As soon as you are done with this, you can then automatically deposit action items from your retrospective in Jira (as a ticket etc.). You can find more information about this below.
For using Jira for a retrospective, you must 1. create a project and then 2. create a Kanban board in this project with the typical retro questions, for example "Start, Stop, Keep" (one column each). Now team members can leave their feedback in the respective columns during the retro.
However, as we said, we would not recommend to do a retrospective using Jira itself, as Jira was not developed for this purpose. You can basically answer the question "does Jira have a retrospective" with "no".
You can better use a Confluence Retro template. The results can be easily integrated into Jira later.
However, your best option is to use a specialised retro tool in Jira like Echometer, which has an integration with the Jira tool and also has core features like ROTI score, flexible whiteboard, health check and retro formats built in. There are many more options for retro boards in the Atlassian marketplace.
As far as we know, there is no Jira Retrospective Template, but only a few Retrospective Templates for Confluence pages - e.g. "Good/Bad" and "Start, Stop, Keep". You could only develop a retrospective template Jira yourself in a project or on a page. However, Jira is not designed for retros. Instead, we recommend Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches to use retrospective tools with Jira integration, such as Echometer. Further options can also be found in the Atlassian Marketplace.
There are various options to create a retro board on Jira (via detours or integrations):
Either you conduct the retro on a Jira page, or you create a project board for it. Both options are obviously suboptimal because they are not designed for retrospectives. Instead you can use a retrospective template in Confluence or alternatively a retrospective tool for Jira like Echometer which has a Jira plugin.
Either you simply take a screenshot of your respective retrospective board including the action items created (in case you did not conduct your retrospective with Jira), or you insert a link to the retrospective content in a Jira ticket, for example. The best way to automate a Jira sprint retrospective report is to use tools such as Echometer, which create a retrospective report or summary without any effort on your side - and even have an integration in Jira.
For a Jira Sprint Retrospective Meeting you can use a Jira Page or a Jira Board, but both are not optimal. It is better if you use a Confluence page (there are also few retrospective templates for your meeting). Alternatively, you can use a sprint retrospective tool such as Echometer, which offers integration with Jira and is expected to be more interactive and fun than the direct Jira alternatives (more on the best free software for agile retrospectives).
|Evaluation criteria||Echometer||Jira & Confluence||Team Retro||FunRetro former EasyRetro Board||MetroRetro Board|
|Integration with Jira||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Jira Retro App available (Atlassian 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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