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The SWOT Retrospective Template

Get prepared for an exciting team assessment! Identify the team's strengths and weaknesses, then reflect on the opportunities and threats that emerge from them.
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SWOT Retrospective Template in Neatro

What is the SWOT retrospective technique?

SWOT is an audit technique taken from the business world. Usually, it is used to audit a product or a company. And it turns out that the SWOT structure works perfectly for a team retrospective as well.

SWOT is an acronym shaped with Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

The added value of this retrospective template is quite simple: SWOT helps the team members take a complete picture of the team's strengths and weaknesses and then reflect on the opportunities and potential threats around them.

Once your SWOT board is filled with comments, discussed, and prioritized, your team can build an action plan to help them improve as soon as possible.

If you are looking for a retrospective template that allows you to study your team's dynamics profoundly, SWOT is definitely the best choice! 📈

The 4 elements of SWOT

Retrospective Column Strengths in Neatro
Strengths
What are our strengths?
e.g., great team spirit.
Retrospective Column Weaknesses in Neatro
Weaknesses
What are our weak points?
e.g., our technical debt is becoming unsustainable.
Retrospective Column Opportunities in Neatro
Opportunities
What opportunities can we seize?
e.g., set up peer-programming sessions to improve the quality of our code.
Retrospective Column Threats in Neatro
Threats
What obstacles will stand in front of us?
e.g., stability issues in our production environment may arise?

Why & when should you use the SWOT retrospective?

SWOT is a great activity used to explore all of the aspects of a Sprint or a project. You can also use SWOT to build the post-mortem of a project.

Since SWOT is a broad activity, make sure that all the participants think about the possible topics at stake—mission, speed, quality of execution, value delivered to users, roles and responsibilities, etc.

Once these topics have been discussed, the team members can collectively suggest action items. As always, action items will help them improve for the next Sprint (or project).

One last thing: some teams also use SWOT at the start of a Sprint or project. This exercise makes it possible to properly align the team members on the challenges and issues they are about to take up.

We recommend using SWOT at least once per quarter in your team retrospectives. It will be interesting to compare the way your team has grown from one quarter to another.

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