Creating a custom retrospective activity

Creating a custom retrospective activity

The retrospective board offers many customisation options for the meeting facilitator to create a custom activity. Creating a custom activity helps keeping the team engaged by presenting them something different. Additionally, a custom activity can serve very specific needs of a retrospective.

With Team O'clock you can customise:
  1. Columns, adding, removing and repositioning columns as well as naming them and adding descriptions.
  2. Swim lanes, by adding, removing, vertically repositioning and naming lanes.
  3. Retrospective actions, for maximum votes and anonymity both on notes and voting.

Customize a retrospective activity

To customise a retrospective activity you should trigger a retrospective meeting and then visit the created meeting link. As long as you haven't click the button Start at the top right side you will be able to customise the activity.
Customizing columns and swim lanes are available on Standard and Enterprise plans only.
Kick start your customisation by choosing an appropriate existing activity to start from. To do that click on the Activity presets link on the top left of the page.

Navigate the available activities from the left list and click on one to read more details. Once you find the more fitting one click Apply on the bottom left of that screen.
In case you have any previously created custom activities they will be available in the activity list.

Managing columns

If you can customise the retrospective and while retrospective is not started yet you will be able to see an additional column on the right side of the screen saying Click to add column. Clicking anywhere in that column a new column will be added directly left to this area.
To edit a column's name or description simply click the respecting text and edit it.
To move a column to the left or right there are available arrow buttons when hovering the column area. Clicking the red minus button, will remove the respective column.

Managing swim lanes

If you can customise the retrospective you will see an extra row at the bottom reading Click to add swimlane. When you click there an extra swim lane will be added at the bottom across all columns. Hovering the swim lane you can reposition it higher or lower.
By clicking on the swim lane name an input will popup to edit the lane name.

When you are done setting up your retrospective you can proceed by clicking Start on the top right corner of the header.
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