FLAT Retrospective

FLAT Retrospective

The FLAT (Future, Lessons, Accomplishments, Thanks) format offers a structured approach to retrospectives, emphasizing both forward-thinking and reflection. By focusing on the team's future direction while acknowledging lessons and accomplishments, it provides a comprehensive view of the team's journey. The addition of a gratitude section ensures that teams also recognize and appreciate each other's contributions.

When to Choose FLAT

FLAT is particularly suited for teams that value a balanced reflection, combining both forward planning and past learnings. It's ideal for teams at the end of significant milestones, where setting future directions is as crucial as understanding past experiences. If your team seeks to acknowledge achievements, learn from experiences, and set clear future goals, the FLAT retrospective is a fitting choice.

🔮 Future

What is our future direction?

This column is about setting the course for what lies ahead. It's an opportunity for the team to discuss goals, aspirations, and the direction they want to take in the upcoming sprints or projects.

🤔 Lessons

What have we learned?

Reflection is key to growth. Here, the team can discuss the insights they've gained, the challenges they've faced, and the lessons they'll carry forward.

🏆 Accomplishments

What shall we celebrate?

Every journey has its milestones. This section is about acknowledging the achievements, big or small, and celebrating the team's successes.

🌟 Thanks

Who do you want to thank?

Gratitude fosters a positive team environment. This column allows team members to express appreciation for each other, recognizing efforts, support, or any act that made a difference.

The FLAT retrospective format is about balance. By combining forward-thinking with reflection and gratitude, it ensures that teams have a holistic view of their performance, fostering both growth and cohesion.

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