Retrospecitves: How to increase follow-through on action items

What can we do if the team is not following through on action items from retrospectives? This list might help you get started …

  • Have a facilitator
  • Have an owner for each action item
  • Make action items visible. You can put the action item flipchart next to taskboard or use a Retro swimlane on the taskboard
  • For bigger action items have a user story on the taskboard and break them into smaller tasks during sprint planning 2
  • Vary the format of the retro so that it is not getting boring
  • Revisit rules that are not followed and think of how to change them so that they can be followed through
  • Don´t take to many action items in the sprint (ca.max. of one action item per team member)

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