Welcome to a new update of Metro Retro! With this one we've been focusing on everything that affects a team's mood when working collaboratively, including:
We counted and there are a total of 19 different changes & new features in this release. Steve demos all the updates in this video, and below we've given an overview of the changes and why we think they're important.
We've focused on a couple of areas that will make Metro Retro an even more enjoyable place to work in, plus a few bonus things to boost your team's mood...
If your team already love working in Metro Retro there are new object types for more occasions, such as using tokens to run a team mood check-in:
Or use the new Task Cards for collaborative roadmapping sessions (see the magic of importing your backlog to Metro Retro):
Running good meetings is hard work, so there are now more tools to help facilitators. The less stress it is to guide people through the different activities, the better you can focus on the purpose and outcomes of the meeting.
As the facilitator, use 'Everyone to me' to get everyone to the right place on the board, then check if everyone is ready to proceed with the new 'Ready Check', and after the meeting use a Poll to ask for anonymous feedback on the meeting. You'll soon know how the team are feeling about your meetings!
It's difficult to know if everyone in a team is genuinely on the same page, so there are now more ways to communicate and give life to your ideas, without needing to be a designer.
Use the shapes, graffiti pen, images and emojis when you need a creative outlet, and present your ideas to the group with the new vanishing pen and pointer arrows. Also note the big stickies, a highly-requested item!
Lastly - the most literal way to improve your team mood - blow off steam by firing confetti & throwing hats:
Well, we think collaborative software should be enjoyable and fun to use. Why shouldn't you be able to scribble a big fat ❌on out of scope stickies, or just wear a virtual hat when you feel like it?
While Metro Retro helps thousands of people work through their meetings & workshops each week, we also like the idea that some features can be completely whimsical, and may evolve over time to find purpose. For example, hats are a bit silly, but they can be used to communicate things like someone's birthday, during an event (like Santa hats at Christmas), or to show that someone has a particular role in the group. The person with the ringmaster's top hat is the meeting leader!🎩
Have a play with the new updates and tell us what you like and don't like. We're are making Metro Retro the place where your team loves to work, so let us know what you would love to see in the tool!