On the importance of sticking to the action plan decided in your online retrospective
The true power of the retrospective lies on action items the team has set, and properly following up towards action.
Action items can be separated in two categories in regards to the expected delivery timeframe:
It is suggested to stick with smaller action items that can be completed within a logical timeframe of a month, so that the team can be motivated and excited. Securing small win increments is a more robust tactic into continuous improvement than aiming high from the begining.
While having an online retrospective in Team O'clock, your remote team can focus specifically on action items discussion. This is the final step of the online retrospective activity, read the Discussion & action items step for more insights.
After a retrospective is complete, Team O'clock is helping by immediately sharing the action items to the whole team after a retrospective meeting is concluded. This is done via email, containing the full list of action items added as well as all the notes of the meeting and the participants.
Additionally, if you are using the Slack or Microsoft Teams Integration, action items are posted on the team's channel as reminders. If you are using the Jira Integration you have the option to create a Jira ticket per action item, so that you can track progress and assign the action item to a specific team member.
Finally you can access all retrospective activities and their log using the Team O'clock administration interface in the Timeline page. That page holds a full log of the discussion, with action items, participants, notes and votes added. In that interface you and the team can also mark action items as complete once you are ready, or edit the action items at a later stage.
An interface for the team to discuss and get to action items having all the retrospective notes in place.
After a retrospective is complete, all team members receive an email containing the full list of action items, notes, and participants in the retrospective meeting.
Integrating with Jira will allow you to create a ticket for each action item and follow up activity through Jira tracking power.
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