Retrospective templates

Do you need some ideas for your next agile retrospective? Here are the list of templates available in our retrospective tool. Find the right template for your context and get more insights about your teamwork!

Why a retrospective template ?

A retrospective template is a structured format used to facilitate the process of conducting a retrospective meeting in a agile team. Retrospectives are regular team meetings that occur at the end of a time period to reflect on the recent work and identify opportunities for improvement. The retrospective template helps teams systematically review processes, learn from mistakes and enhance team cohesion.

Each retrospective template covers different aspects of teamwork. You can try different formats to find each time new insights. We list here classical templates and funny templates that your time will love.

Classical retrospective templates

Glad, Sad, Mad

Best for: Difficult or emotional situations

glad mad sad retrospective

The “Glad, Sad, Mad” retrospective is straightforward and effective because it encourages team members to express their feelings and feedback openly. This retrospective is particularly useful is its early stage and may have some conflicts.

๐Ÿ˜€ Glad: Things that went well during the sprint. These could be achievements, successes, or positive aspects of the work.

โ˜น๏ธ Sad: Things that didn’t go as planned or were disappointing. These could be issues, obstacles, or problems encountered during the sprint.

๐Ÿ˜ก Mad: Events or situations that caused frustration, anger, or irritation.


This template is great for the participants to do “self-empathy” and increase the emotional intelligence in the team. Do not miss the opportunity to let each participant to speak about their emotions. Use active listening by reformulating what the participants just said. This will make the participants feel better make them ready to discuss constructively about the problem.

Start, Stop, Continue

Best for: Improve behaviors and remove ineffective practices

The “Start, Stop, Continue” retro is also a straight-forward retro which is focusing on the team activities. It is particularly useful to find easily concrete actions and remove ineffective practices.

โ–ถ๏ธ Start: New practices, behaviors, or initiatives that the team should begin implementing in future sprints or iterations.

โน๏ธ Stop: Issues, obstacles, or time-wasting activities that can be eliminated.

โฉ Continue: Behaviors, or processes that have been effective and should be sustained and celebrated.


This template is great for the participants to remove time-wasting activities. Give sufficient time to your team to list of them.

4 Ls

Best for: Allrounder retrospective that fits in most situation

4L retrospective

The “4Ls” retrospective is a format used to reflect on a specific period, such as a sprint, project, or iteration. The name “4Ls” stands for Liked, Learned, Lacked, and Longed For. This retrospective helps teams gather feedback and insights about their recent work and identify areas for improvement.

๐Ÿ‘Liked: Share what you have appreciated and enjoyed about the recent period of work. It’s an opportunity to celebrate successes and recognize positive aspects of the sprint or project.

๐Ÿ“™ Learned: Lessons and insights gained during the period under review. Team members share the new knowledge, skills, or perspectives they acquired. Learning experiences can be related to both technical and non-technical aspects of the work.

๐Ÿ‘Ž Lacked: Discuss the aspects that did not meet expectations or presented challenges, for instance resources, tools, or support that was insufficient or missing.

๐ŸŽ‡ Longed For: Team members’ aspirations and desires for the future. It encourages the team to envision improvements and set goals.


The Learned dimension is particularly interesting as it fosters continuous learning. Encourage team members to share their fuck-ups!
Team Members may have difficulties to fill the dimension “Longed For”. Help them to think about what could have been better.

Funny retrospective templates

The following templates have been created by our team to have more fun during your next retro.

Video Game

Best for: Take a step back about team mission and challenges

The video game retrospective template use the video game metaphor to reflect about your mission, super-powers, challenges and risks.

๐ŸŽฏ Quest: Each member writes what he understands as the team mission.

๐Ÿ†  Gains: What the most important recent achievements and learnings of the team.

๐Ÿ‘ฝ Enemies: What is currently preventing the team to reach their goals.

๐Ÿ’ฃ Risks: The risks that can make the team fail. 


Team members have generally different perspectives of the team mission. Request the product owner to remind his vision to achieve better alignment.

Weather Report

Best for: All rounder format for any situation

The weather is a very common metaphor to reflect about the current difficulties and wishes of team members.

๐ŸŒž Sun: Strengths, positive aspects and recent successes

โ˜๏ธ Clouds: What are the obstacles and challenges you have encountered ?

โ›ˆ๏ธ Storm: What were the unexpected events ?

๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow: Wishes of the team for the future


Team Members may have difficulties to fill the dimension “Rainbow”. Help them to think about what could have been better.

Team Hiking

Best for: Challenge team processes and tools

Work is like hiking. With this retrospective template, the team can discuss about the obstacles and the equipment they need.

๐ŸŒฅ๏ธ Weather: How the iteration was feeling like. The team can express their feelings with emoticons.

๐Ÿชจ Obstacles: The obstacles and challenges the team has encountered.

โ›๏ธ Equipment: The assets and team member capabilities that helped the team reach their goal.

๐ŸŽ’ Load: The equipment that was not really useful: time wasting activities.


The team may reflect only about the tools that they have. Team assets are also capabilities and skills of team members that helped the team move forward.

Christmas retro / Review of the year

Best for: Recap of year and preparing the year ahead

The end of the year is traditionally a time to celebrate and look back.Reflect on the year’s achievements with your team and prepare for the year ahead.

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Tree : What you grateful of right now?

โญ Star: What are your most important successes of the year?

โœ Wish List: What do you wish to be improved next year?

๐ŸŽ Gift: Who would you like to thank?

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A grateful attitude in life is key for satisfaction and motivation. Discuss about it in your team!

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