What is a FLAP retrospective?

The FLAP retrospective is a blend of a futurespective and retrospective that takes into account Future Considerations, Lessons Learned, Accomplishments and Problem Areas that should be taken into the next sprint. It can be a fun and alternative way to engage the team in order to identify which risks and relevant action items.

FLAP retrospective activity template format

As good practice, remember to set the stage and ensure that people are reminded that is not a process of blame, but for identifying potential areas for change. If you have run this retrospective method several times before, you should see greater fidelity of ideas. If there are recurring items, this should be a treated as a red flag.

Key components of a FLAP Retrospective activity

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Alternative options to try in your FLAP retrospective

  • Consider colour coding the notes into specific categories such as process and practices, technology and tools, Scope and schedule, and People and staffing. This can visually and quickly help the team idenfity if there is a common underlying theme that can be further discussed.
  • Future considerations is sometimes also know as future directions so you can use this space to identify areas of innovation, change and experiments that the team may want to try.
  • Ideas in the accomplishment section are great ways to give kudos and acknowledge effort.
  • You don’t have to stick with the FLAP acronym in terms of order of questioning.  It might be worth kicking the meeting off in a more positive framework by starting with accomplishments first. Then share lessons learned and problem areas before moving on to future considerations. This has the effect of ending the meeting with a future forward mind set.

How to run a FLAP Retrospective in TeamRetro

Start Agile Retrospective

Start your retro in a click
Log into TeamRetro and choose the FLAP retro template.

Invite Your Team
Invite your team easily – no separate accounts needed
Send an email invite, a link or add to your slack channel to get people started quickly. SSO options are also available.
Agile Retrospective Brainstorm
Time to brainstorm
Each team member can now brainstorm individually as to what they think the team should start doing, stop doing or continue doing. This avoids group think and allows everyone to have their say. They can indicate when they have finished, or you can set a timer so that you know when to move onto the next stage.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting
Group similar ideas
Drag and drop  related ideas to combine them for easier voting. TeamRetro can also automatically suggest ideas that are similar, saving you and your team valuable time. You can choose if you want the suggestions to be on any idea, or under a specific heading.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting
Vote independently to avoid anchoring
Each team member votes on what they would most like to discuss further.  You can provide 3 votes for example so that people can chose what is most important to them. The results are displayed in the next step.
Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Discuss the most important things first
Presentation mode lets you walk your team through the most voted ideas in order.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Review and finalize actions

Add any additional action items based on discussion and assign owners and due dates to keep everything on track. This can be based on frameworks such as SMART goals, Acceptance criteria or Definition of Done.

Grouping of ideas after brainstorming in a retrospective meeting

Share the results
Once you have finished your retro, you can share the results and actions with the team. Your retro will be stored in history so you can revisit them as needed.

Congratulations! You’ve just run a FLAP retro like a boss.
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