4Ls retrospective

Use this free 4Ls template to boost collaboration, foster open communication, and enhance future sprints by effectively capturing what you liked, learned, lacked, and longed for.

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About this 4Ls retrospective template

This 4Ls retrospective template designed to be a springboard for fostering open communication, continuous learning, and identification of areas for improvement. 

🎓 Learn: Our guide for effective sprint retrospectives provides even more detail about running successful feedback sessions with your team. 

What is a 4Ls retrospective?

A 4Ls (Liked, Learned, Lacked, Longed For) retrospective is a feedback gathering exercise typically conducted after a sprint or project. It's a tool designed to reflect on the team's experiences, to identify what worked well, the learning points, the gaps, and areas of potential improvement. This collaborative exercise is used to ensure lessons learned are incorporated into future sprints, ultimately enhancing productivity and team alignment.

When to use a 4Ls retrospective

A 4Ls retrospective is best used at the end of a sprint, project, or significant event. Whether you are a product team completing a sprint, a sales team after a major product launch, or a marketing team after a significant campaign, the 4Ls retrospective can provide you with invaluable insights and help streamline your future operations.

How to use a 4Ls retrospective template

1. Set the Stage: At the end of the sprint, arrange a dedicated meeting for the exercise. It's essential to create an open, non-judgmental environment where every team member feels comfortable sharing their thoughts.

2. Facilitate the Discussion: As the team leader, guide the discussion, ensuring everyone gets a chance to share their feedback for each of the 4Ls. Encourage open conversation around the points raised but avoid getting stuck on one issue for too long.

3. Document the Feedback: Record all the points discussed in the meeting. This documentation will be critical in planning future sprints and taking action on the feedback.

4. Take Action: Finally, develop a clear action plan based on the feedback. This could include implementing suggested changes, providing resources, or tweaking processes. Be sure to follow up on these action items in the next sprint.

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