Sailboat Retrospective

Quickly Identify Areas for Improvement

Reflect on your projects and identify what went right, what went wrong, and what improvements and changes can be made in the future.

  • Real-time collaboration to connect and brainstorm with your team
  • Multiple retrospective meeting templates to get a headstart
  • Online whiteboard with post-it notes and freehand drawing
Sailboat Retrospective
National Geographic
Easy Tools for Running Retrospectives

Easy Tools for Running Retrospectives

Easy Tools for Running Retrospectives

Online whiteboard with post-it notes to easily capture your team’s retrospective ideas during sprint retrospective meetings.

Multiple pre-made retrospective templates to keep things organized; sailboat retrospective, start-stop-continue, 4Ls retrospective, mad-sad-glad, ice breakers, and many more.

Simple drag and drop tools to group ideas into related themes to discover trends.

Visual voting to prioritize ideas and items for the next phase of discussion or action planning.

Freehand drawing or color-coding to highlight prioritized items and important feedback.


Collaborate Seamlessly with Others

Collaborate Seamlessly with Others

True multi user collaboration with concurrent editing and automatic conflict resolution.

Real-time color-coded cursors allowing any number of participants to collaborate with team members on a shared canvas for an easy retro.

Video conferencing baked into the platform to feel like you are in the same room even when you are working remotely.

Comment with context, have discussions and follow ups on the same canvas. Async!

Full version history to keep track of key points during each iteration of your retrospective. Branch out from an earlier version if needed at any time.

Collaborate Seamlessly with Others
Discover Trends Faster

Discover Trends Faster

Discover Trends Faster

Infinite canvas to centralize all your project sprint related information and assets for easier decision-making and analysis.

Import images and vectors to the canvas and embed documents with in-app previews to provide more context with relevant resources.

Built-in tools to create dynamic and interactive presentations, reports, and dashboards to easily present to the relevant stakeholders.

Add detailed docs, attachments, links and more via the notes feature on each item to capture details and add granular information.

Multiple app integrations to help you import and export project data across teams on different platforms.


Go from Discussion to Action

Go from Discussion to Action

Frames for Kanban boards, timelines, grids, and more to visually arrange your data and create a view for your own working style on the canvas.

Assign tasks to complete items in context. Link tasks to or from other project management tools seamlessly.

Set estimated times and due dates for tasks and allocate resources based on availability and skill sets.

Go from Discussion to Action

What Is a Sailboat Retrospective?

The sailboat retrospective compares the sprint to a sailboat, getting the team to compare the things that affected the sprint to what propel a sailboat forward or backward.

  • Sunshine – things that made the team happy
  • Anchors – things that held the team back from making progress
  • Wind and clouds – the things that helped the team propel forward
  • Rocks and pirates – risks and obstacles that may prevent the team from where they need to be

How to Run a Sailboat Retrospective?

  • Open a Creately sailboat retrospective template and add all key stakeholders to the workspace to start collaborating on visualizing a sprint’s obstacles, risks, and ultimate goals.
  • Connect with remote employees using in-app video conferencing and before starting the session, set some ground rules clarifying how you envision your retrospective going.
  • As the team brainstorms, add the relevant items in the relevant section of the picture template for the sailboat retrospective highlighting what’s going well, what’s holding them back, etc.
  • Once all the ideas have been collected, review and identify what the biggest successes of your project were and what attributes you’d like to carry forward.
  • Discuss your anchors (obstacles) and brainstorm ways to overcome them. Using a Creately action plan template, outline your plan to sail forward.