Free Retrospective Tools for Jira

5 Retrospective Tools for Jira: Which is Best?

There are several free retro boards and integrations for Jira. But which of the tools is best?

Retros in Jira & Confluence

Retrospectives in Jira & Confluence

An agile retrospective in Atlassian can be conducted in Jira and Confluence. On the right you can see a retrospective template as a Confluence page.

Jira Retrospective Board

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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):

  1. You simply create a page where you put down the retro questions (e.g. Keep, Stop, Start). Now you create a toggle for each team member so that they can first brainstorm anonymously on each retro question and then afterwards present their results.
  2. You do this in a roundabout way by creating a new project on the top left in Jira on the "Plus" sign. Now you change the names of the columns to, for example, Keep, Stop, Start - and you have a simple retro board where every team member can record feedback (unfortunately not anonymously).
  3. It is probably better if you use a Confluence page and simply take a retrospective template from their library. This can also be integrated very well into Jira.
  4. If team development and continuous improvement are at the core of your agile DNA, then this should also apply to retrospectives - and thus retrospective tools that offer integrations with Jira can also be an option. Echometer, for example, is worth mentioning here. Further options are available in the Atlassian marketplace.

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, neither of which is ideal to do the retrospective board on Jira. It is better to use a Confluence page (there are a few retrospective templates for your meeting). Alternatively, you can use a sprint retrospective tool Jira such as Echometer, which offers integration with Jira and is likely to be more interactive and fun than the direct Jira alternatives.

Free Retrospective Tools for Jira

Why is Echometer better than alternative retrospective tools for Jira?

You can do your retro on a Confluence page or on the Jira board. There are also various Jira Cloud Retrospective Apps on the Atlassian marketplace, as well as other retro tools with Jira Retrospective Plugin. The following comparison shows the best retrospective tool in Jira.

Evaluation criteriaEchometerJira & ConfluenceTeam RetroFunRetro former EasyRetro BoardMetroRetro 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)
✅ Yes⚠️ Partially⚠️ Partially❌ No❌ No
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)
✅ Yes❌ No❌ No❌ No❌ No
Mobile Device Support
for on-site retros
✅ Yes⚠️ Partially❌ No❌ No❌ No
Integrated Online-Whiteboard✅ Yes❌ No❌ No❌ No✅ Yes
Data protection (In Germany
developed and hosted)
✅ Yes❌ No❌ No❌ No❌ No
Free version (after trial)✅ Yes✅ Yes❌ No✅ Yes✅ Yes

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Jira integration by Echometer

Step 1: Integrate Echometer into Jira

The integration of Echometer to Jira can be easily set up. You simply enter the Jira workspace via link in Echometer (see "Integrations" and "Jira").

Jira Retrospective Integration Echometer

Step 2: Link retrospective to Jira project

As soon as the Echometer workspace is linked to your Jira account, you can, for example, create action items as a Jira issue.

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Result: Action item pushed to Jira

As soon as the Echometer workspace is linked to your Jira account, you can, for example, create action items as a Jira issue.

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See Echometer in action?

Looking for a Jira Retro tool? Simply start a retro in Echometer and set up the integration to Jira:

Free Retrospective tools for Jira

Quick overview & Review Echometer

Echometer addresses Jira's weaknesses as a retrospective tool. Compared to other Jira retrospective tools, it focuses entirely on science-based team development - keeping it fun and easy.

Echometer Review on Capterra:
4.5/5

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