Why do we hold retrospective meetings? The fundamental reason that makes them worthwhile is our desire to improve as a team continuously. During each retro, the team provides input that showcases the state of our process and helps us identify areas of improvement.

When using ScatterSpoke, this input remains available for further analysis in the form of data, collected by the platform. It is stored in a module called Team Pulse. Let’s explore all the invaluable insights available at our fingertips.

Getting to Know Team Pulse on the Dashboard

Team Pulse is visible directly from the account/team dashboard. By default, it visualizes data from last month’s retrospectives. Without even having to scroll down, you can see:

  • The number of retros that occurred during that time

  • Team member participation (percentage)

  • How many action items originated from those retros

  • The number of action items that were resolved during that time frame

This fundamental data is invaluable for understanding the effort we invest in running retros and the participation of the team. With just a glance at ScatterSpoke’s dashboard, we can see the ratio between created action items and resolved ones from past retrospectives.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The available Team Pulse data on the dashboard allows us to even see:

  • The average number of cards per retro

  • The average time between retros

  • The average time to resolve action items

  • Sentiment over Time

  • Cards by Theme

All this data can be expanded and analyzed for a specific period of time. To do so, just click “Expand Team Pulse view”

Exploring the Expanded Team Pulse View

The data in the expanded Team Pulse view is significantly more diverse and customizable than that on the dashboard.

From the top left side of your screen, you can filter the data by:

  • All the teams in your account

  • Time frame

This way, if you have several teams in the ScatterSpoke account, you can easily navigate between the data for each one and select a specific time frame you wish to review.

The expanded Team Pulse view allows you to monitor action items and sentiment over time. Check out our dedicated article on the topic to understand why this is important.

If you want to dive deeper into your retrospective data, you can even monitor cards by theme by month. This is a powerful way to keep an eye on the trending topics inside the teams for which they are accountable. To learn more about the value of keeping track of cards by theme, please check our dedicated guide on the topic.

Last but not least, at the very bottom of your screen, you can see all overdue action items. In addition to the name of each item, Team Pulse shows you its due date.

Having this information at your fingertips will make it easier to spot items that haven’t gotten the required attention or are blocked by something. As a result, you can take charge and help to resolve them.

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