Do you remember time before Retromat?
When I started out as a Scrum Master in 2010, me and my team did the same retrospective sprint after sprint. We got some value out of it, but failed to have any breakthroughs. Then I read "Agile Retrospectives
" and it helped a lot!
With the 5 phases for structure and some activity ideas we started to make headway because we looked at our challenges from a new angle with each retrospective. I started to be on the lookout for new activity ideas. Unfortunately, they were scattered all over the web. My list of bookmarks grew and with them my prep-time before retrospectives, re-reading blog posts to find a good fit.
It was around this time that I first dreamed of a go-to place containing lots of retrospective ideas. A place to get me started with fresh ideas, so that I could take it from there and tailor it to my team and its situation. Alas, it didn't exist. Until I build it.
... come true!
The launch version had only 16 activities. I hoped to have 50 activities one day. 100 activities were a VERY ambitious, hazy goal. I honestly didn't think we'd get to the 120+ activities we're at now. And I added all of them on late nights and weekends. That used to be okay, but in October 2014 I became a mom. Since then I don't have late nights anymore (way too tired) and the weekends belong to my little girl.
Money is Time
That's why I've been slower to add activities. There's a backlog of 30+ exciting activities waiting to be added, plus features like comments and advanced search. I need some dedicated Retromat time and it can't come out of my family time. That's where your donations come in!
Judging from emails and tweets, Retromat is really helpful to a lot of people. If half of them donated what Retromat is worth to them, I could make Retromat that much better!
You probably know the saying "Time is money"? The reverse is also true: "Money is time"! With enough donations, I could take unpaid leave to dedicate time to Retromat. With generous donations I could make it a regular thing.
Has Retromat ever saved the day for you and your team? Does Retromat continue to save you time and give you ideas? Then I'd really appreciate your support!