Open Source Retrospectives Tools for Remote Scrum Teams

In the Agile world, bottom-up continuous improvement is the new mantra that replace the (rarely done) postmortem reviews of traditional project management approaches used in software development. Today, distributed Scrum teams with remote work are more common than you might think, despite the fact that Agile methods favor local teams. A lot of Agile software development teams work with remote members in a virtual organization. Distributed Scrum teams that have the technical skills to install and manage open source web tools can benefit from this list of open source retrospective tools.

Open Source Retrospectives Tools for Agile and Scrum Teams

Postfacto

Postfacto is an open source tool that lets you run an agile retrospective even when your team is distributed across the world. Your retros will live update across all your devices so each participant can follow along on their device. Easily set up Postfacto to work with Google OAuth so users can sign up with their Google accounts. Alternatively, you can control access to your instance with the admin dashboard. You can create private retro boards for your team that are password protected or choose to leave them public so that anyone you give the link to can access them. Participants can add and vote on items from their mobile devices, so it is easy to run a retro without everyone in the group having a laptop nearby. This works well for retros where some people are in the room and some are remote.

Website: https://github.com/pivotal/postfacto

Refacto

Refacto is an open source tool for Scrum retrospectives. It is a complete from-scratch re-write of Postfacto, with a focus on simplified code, development, and deployment.

Website: https://github.com/davidje13/Refacto

RemoteRetro

RemoteRetro is an open source retrospective tool. It aims to provide a collaborative, real-time, facilitator-driven retrospective through idea generation (invite ideas (happy, sad, confused) from participants), mute mapping (participants group ideas into categories without speaking), labeling + voting (participants vote on categories for discussion and root-cause analysis), action item generation (participants generate and assign action items), action item distribution (facilitator distributes action items via email to all retro participants). You have to register with a Google account.

Websites: https://github.com/stride-nyc/remote_retro

Retro tool 

Retro tool is an open source retrospective tool that aims to provide a simple and effective way to perform retrospectives for remote Agile teams. You can collaborate with your remote team to improve what you do, guided by a simple workflow.

Websites: https://github.com/retro-tool/

RetroMatic

RetroMatic is an open source tool that can be used by Scrum tools for real-time retrospectives. See how to leverage Angular and Firebase for syncing data across all the participants. Retrospective’s are held at the end of sprints in Agile software development. The team reflects on what happened in the sprint and determines actions for improvement.

Websites: https://github.com/MassiveNerds/RetroMatic

Retrospected / Retro-Board

Retro-Board is an open source retrospective idea board that works on the simple “what works fine / what could be improved / brillant idea” feedback approach. This javascript tool is used to power the retrospected.com website where you can use it without registration.

Websites: https://github.com/antoinejaussoin/retro-board,

Return

Return is an open sourece realtime retrospective tool for Agile teams. It is built in ASP.NET Core and Blazor that has been tested with the major browsers. As facilitator for your Scrum team, you can lead the retrospective through the writing, grouping and voting phase.

Websites: https://github.com/Sebazzz/Return

Scrumlr

Scrumlr is an open source tool and a webapp for collaborative online retrospectives hosted on scrumlr.io. This project is written in React on top of the Parse Platform. Different types of retrospectives (“Start, Stop, Continue”, “Mad, Sad, Glad”, etc.)

Website: https://github.com/inovex/scrumlr.io

Wakita Sprint Retrospective Tool

Wakita is an open source agile sprint retrospective tool to make sprint retro’s more collaborative in the remote work era.

Website: https://github.com/StevenWeathers/wakita-retro-tool

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