Start Stop Continue Template

Start, Stop & Continue for Better Sprint Planning

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Start Stop Continue Template

Evaluate Your Previous Sprint, Plan Ahead for the Next

One workspace for the whole team

One workspace for the whole team

One workspace for the whole team

Use the start-stop-continue template to get your team together in one place. They can place what they are working on and their ideas for the future on sticky notes.

Start-stop-continue templates to organize efforts

Start-stop-continue templates to organize efforts

Use the template to categorize efforts and see what activities you should start doing, what should be stopped and what you should retain as core activities.

Start-stop-continue templates to organize efforts
Get feedback easily with notes and discussion threads

Get feedback easily with notes and discussion threads

Get feedback easily with notes and discussion threads

Keep everything you need to make informed decisions in one place. Use the notes panel to clarify details of the tasks you are currently working on, evaluate what you think you should start on next, and measure the performance of the tasks you should continue.

Identify roadblocks and plan better for the future

Identify roadblocks and plan better for the future

Bring attention to issues before they spiral out of control. Visual looks help identify time sinks, opportunities and blockers.

Identify roadblocks and plan better for the future

Why Use the Start Stop Continue Template?

Start, stop, and continue is a classic retrospective framework that helps teams identify things within a particular situation, experience, or event that they feel are needed, unnecessary, or should stay the same.

The Elements of the Start Stop Continue Template

  • Start

Identify and list down the activities and tasks that could improve your processes, reduce waste, and positively impact the way your team functions. These can include, technical behavior, and hand-off practices, and improved systems of communication.

  • Stop

It’s important to identify and stop the activities that are wasteful, inefficient and have an overall negative impact. It can be styles of work, tools that are not working and other behavioral and technical constraints.

  • Continue

What are the things you should keep doing? Building core processes are extremely important to efficiently running agile projects. In the continue section of the template, you can list down activities or behaviors that you’ve tired and should be implemented as a core process.

How to Use the Start Stop Continue Template to Run Retrospectives?

You can run effective retrospectives on the Creately canvas, by getting the whole team together and organizing items on the canvas to identify key areas to focus on.

  1. Set clear goals

Establish the goals of the retrospective and explain to team members how the session will be conducted. Establish the parameters clearly and emphasize that this is an exercise to generate consensus.

  1. List down team activities

Use sticky notes to list down ideas and the tasks the team is involved in. Once written begin to group them into categories according to the template. Add notes to each item for more details and have more in-depth discussions.

  1. Brainstorm and generate ideas

Identify ideas and opportunities that your team is not currently involved in but could be of value if initiated.

  1. Bring in other decision-making frameworks

Extend the output of your decision tree to design a more complete course of action. Assess the impact of a decision using RICE frameworks, prioritize tasks using priority grids and create action plans all on the same canvas.

  1. Create a plan for implementation

Once you reach a consensus, build a plan of action. This may involve things that are easily implementable like small behavioral changes or may need larger planning like building a roadmap.

Benefits of the Start Stop Continue Template

  • Creates a structure for feedback

The start-stop-continue template allows teams to have more open and productive conversations. They can share frustrations, exchange ideas, celebrate wins, and share constructive feedback.

  • Foster new ideas

This feedback system is both a retrospective and forward-looking framework. It encourages teams to continually share new ideas and fosters a continuous improvement mindset. It broadens thinking by identifying what’s been successful and what might work in the futures.

  • Encourages collaboration

The activity is built to arrive at a consensus. It also provides a level of ownership to the team members that are most affected by the decisions in the retrospective, this promotes their desire to have their voices heard and influence the changes they want to see happen.

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