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The Start Stop Continue Retrospective Template

A straightforward retrospective format. Help your team members identify what they need to start doing, stop doing, and continue doing to become even more effective.
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Start Stop Continue Retrospective Template in Neatro

What is the Start Stop Continue retrospective template?

A retrospective isn't just about what just happened. A successful retrospective also deals with the present and the future of the team 🔮

Start Stop Continue is a well-known action-oriented retrospective technique. It is designed to let people share practical ideas to improve as a team.

This simple yet powerful retrospective framework leads your team to think about three core questions:

  • What should we start doing? (adjustments the team would be willing to implement in the next cycle)

  • What should we stop doing? (things that don't help the team / don't show results)

  • What should we continue doing? (activities that are working well, delivering results, and being positively perceived by the team)

The 3 elements of Start Stop Continue

Retrospective Column Start in Neatro
What our team should start doing.
e.g., do some pair programming to increase quality.
Retrospective Column Stop in Neatro
What our team should stop doing.
e.g., stop arriving late at daily stand-ups meetings.
Retrospective Column Continue in Neatro
What our team should keep doing.
e.g., having frequent retrospectives to foster transparency.

Why & when should you use the Start Stop Continue retrospective format?

Simply put, this retrospective technique helps your team reflect on the past Sprint events (Stop, Continue), but people also suggest how to handle the next Sprint (Start).

Then Start Stop Continue is obviously an excellent choice for recurring team retrospectives (whether you work with Sprints or not).

Besides, you can also use Start Stop Continue for your project post-mortems and event retrospectives.

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