Liked, Learned, Lacked, Longed for

A guide to the 4L's retrospective activity

Check the setup and usage of the Liked Learned Lacked Longed for retrospective activity.

This activity:

  • Requires some members training
  • Focuses on work done
  • Promotes direct actions

Introduction

Liked
Learned
Lacked
Longed for

This activity is also known as The 4L's activity. Introduce this activity by saying to participants to focus on the period in question, sprint if that's a scrum team activity, or work on a specific deliverable/outcome if that's a retrospective activity on something bigger.

For the specific activity, the facilitator could use these points to describe the process:

  • The Liked, is for members to share things and actions that the team liked and enjoyed doing in the said period.
  • The Learned, is for things and actions that the team learned in this period. This column mainly refers to positive learning of the period in discussion.
  • The Lacked, is for things that the team missed and should be in place for the next iteration of work.
  • The Longed for, is a wishlist of things that could make the team's work easier yet were not blockers.
TIP

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Set up

The 4L's activity is available on the Team O'clock retrospective interface. If you have selected another activity from the ones available you can click on the Choose activity dropdown on the top left of the screen and switch to "The 4L's" activity.

Tips & Tricks

The specific activity has some complexity and requires facilitation so that members to don't go personal and focus on the big picture. The facilitator should drive the discussion and key points on collaboration between teams and processes.

It is important to be open and add notes on each column. The "Liked" and "Learned" columns will be holding notes that the team is proud of. The "Lacked" and "Longed for" columns will be holding notes on things that can be improved.

There is a big chance some participant's note is similar to another participant's note from another column. In those cases it is suggested to discuss on rephrasing and grouping the two notes under a single column, or if essentially people do speak about a different angle on each note make the distinction more clear.

The 4L's activity is good for promoting items having to do with cross-team collaboration as well due to the "Lacked" and "Longed for" columns where participants can describe items that are out of team's reach.

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Liked Learned Lacked Longed for, recap

Liked

Notes on items that the team liked and enjoyed doing in the said period.

Learned

Notes on items for things and actions that the team learned in this period.

Lacked

Notes on items for things that the team missed and should be in place for the next iteration of work.

Longed for

Notes on items that could make the team's work easier yet were not blockers.