What is the Start Stop Retrospective?
The Start Stop retrospective is a simple agile tool designed to throw a spotlight on a team’s processes. Participants define the actions they should start doing and those they should stop. They then go on to shape their next steps with these in mind.
Like the more detailed Start Stop Continue retrospective, the Start Stop retrospective is an action-focussed exercise. It aims to create an action list of practical steps to support a team’s continuous improvement.
The Start Stop retrospective is particularly helpful for teams that are new to agile. It’s easy to use and helps generate very clear action items.
Start Stop retrospective format
What should we start doing? What ideas do you have to address current problems? What have you seen work with other projects?
What should we stop doing? What isn’t delivering value? What roadblocks can’t be negotiated?
This style of retrospective can be used when your team is having trouble completing a task. Having the ability to see what has been slowing you down and what you have achieved despite this, can be helpful in providing confidence when trying to complete a difficult task.