Retrospective Analysis

Retrospective (filled)


Use this template to reflect on the previous project you and your team completed, and think about how you would change things going forward. You should finish this template with a list of tangible actions that follow directly from what previously went well and what could be changed.


In the above example, we walk through how this retrospective can be used for a simple project review. By analyzing the things that went well, what went wrong, and how you can optimize your process going forward, you can formally address any roadblocks that your team is experiencing and move past them together.


Use the above link to access this example of a retrospective and make it your own!


  1. Individually, add a couple of things to each column for what went well, what went wrong, and the actions you’ll take.
  2. Reflect on everyone’s contributions as a team, and make sure you take equal time to discuss what went well and what went wrong. When analyzing these ideas, make sure you include specific examples about what actually went well/went wrong.
  3. After analyzing your ideas and examples, write down some actions to take in the future. These could either be things you want to replicate about your previous success or things you would take action to change going forward.

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