Start Stop Continue

A guide to the most common retrospective activity

Check the setup and usage of the Start Stop Continue retrospective activity.

This activity is:

  • Straight-forward
  • Easy to follow
  • Good for building team alignment

Introduction

Start
Stop
Continue

This is the most typical retrospective activity which participants can easily follow. 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 Start column, is for actions and behaviours that the team should start doing that will make their work and collaboration easier.
  • The Stop column, is for actions and behaviours that the team is currently doing and would benefit by stop doing.
  • Finally, the Continue column, is for actions and behaviours that the team is currently doing and are good practises that should be continued.
TIP

Onboarding the team to the selected activity is important for a successful meeting. To learn more on what's needed to onboard your team to a retrospective meeting, read here.

Set up

The Start Stop Continue activity is the default selected activity from 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 "Start Stop Continue" activity.

Tips & Tricks

The specific activity is a good starting point for teams trying out retrospective for the first time. Don't forget to encourage people into being open when involved in the meeting.

It is important to share with everybody that any notes added are not personal, and all team shares responsibility for all team activity and notes added in the retrospective.

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Start Stop Continue, recap

Start

Notes on items that the team will benefit from start doing here after.

Stop

Notes on items and behaviours that the team is currently performing but will benefit from stop doing here after.

Continue

Notes on items and behaviours that the team is currently performing and are helpful to keep doing.