A retrospective activity is a meeting that takes place at the end of a project to evaluate what went well, what didn't go so well, and what could be improved.
A retro is an essential part of good project management and is often held at the end of sprints in agile teams. Since retrospectives are a simple and easy way to learn, share experiences, provide input and find ways to improve going forward, they can also be used as a regular activity among stakeholders or to reflect on individual projects once they have been completed. This includes identifying the successes and the failures with an aim to reflect on the process and find ways to do things better next time.
A retrospective is a meeting in which the team reflects on what went well, what challenges they faced, and how they can improve in the future. The primary goal of a retrospective is to identify and remove impediments that are preventing the team from delivering their project or product successfully. The team members will collaborate in an open discussion to identify obstacles and decide on solutions that can be implemented going forward.
The rule of thumb is to dedicate at least 30 minutes for each project week. For example, if your project or sprint lasts 2 weeks, aim for an hour-long retrospective. It’s also best to do retros in one sitting if possible so the team can stay focused.