- Meeting & Brainstorming
- 4Ls Retrospective
Uses of 4Ls Retrospectives
The primary goal of the 4Ls retrospective is to evaluate the status of a project or workflow and identify improvement strategies.
The 4Ls stand for:
- Liked - What did the team like about this recent/ongoing project?
- Learned - What did the team learn during this recent/ongoing project?
- Lacked - What resources or elements did the project/team lack?
- Longed for - What does the team long to change or improve?
The 4Ls retrospective is really useful for assessing team morale, motivators, and demotivators, allowing managers to take swift action. Almost any project that relies on direct feedback for improvement could benefit from this diagram. Examples include:
- Human Resources – exit interviews and performance reviews
- Project and Product Managers – status reports, project planning, resource allocation, and troubleshooting
- Team Leaders – team-building and cohesion
How to create your own 4Ls Retrospective
Set expectations. Explain the purpose of the 4Ls retrospective and the desired outcome.
Share the Cacoo diagram with your team, and give them time to brainstorm answers to the 4Ls. This can be done remotely or in person.
Allow each participant to fill in the Liked, Learned, Lacked, and Longed For sections in the diagram.