Our starfish retrospective template can be used to encourage analytical thinking skills. It can also be seen as a management tool for organizations, as it provides team leaders with a detailed overview of their team’s activity during a specific timeframe.

What is the starfish retrospective?

The starfish retrospective introduces a different approach to project management so that instead of listing the things that went well or wrong as the project unfolded, this type of retrospective encourages team members to be more specific when analyzing their actions.

The main goal of the starfish retrospective is to motivate teams to take an honest look at their current practices and analyze which of these should be receiving more or less of their energy and attention.

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The structure of the starfish retrospective template

This template is made up of five steps. It is essential to follow the order they are placed in, as this will allow teams to start the retrospective on a positive note, encourage the discussion of central issues, and end the session with a positive affirmation.

  1. Keep Doing - This step fills the team with positive energy because this is when the team lead recognizes the things that are done well and the value they bring to a project.
  2. Less Of - What are the activities that are unproductive for the team? From unhelpful routines to negative behaviors, team members should work towards reducing them as much as possible.
  3. More Of - List the activities that have a promising potential of adding value to the team, but which are not taken advantage of enough.
  4. Stop Doing - Let go of the things that don’t bring any value or that stand in the way of achieving new milestones.
  5. Start Doing - Put in practice new ideas that show potential and could lead teams to success.

Using the starfish retrospective template in Moqups

  • Log into your Moqups account and select the Starfish Retrospective Template.
  • Invite other team members to join your project.
  • Brainstorm new ideas and add them to the relevant category.
  • If you come across similar ideas, you should group them.
  • Start the discussion around those ideas, but make sure you follow the order of the template’s structure.
  • Review the discussion, create and refine the action list in collaboration with your team members.
  • Use sticky notes, comments, callouts, or annotations throughout the process to streamline communication.
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