4Ls Retrospective Template

Reflect on what your team liked, learned, lacked, and longed for.

The 4Ls template encourages teams to look at specific actions they should start doing, stop doing, and continue doing. Together, collaborators agree on the most important steps to be more productive and successful.

About the 4Ls Template

What is the 4Ls Retrospective?

After a Sprint, it can be helpful for the team to pause and take stock of what happened. Emotions can run high, so it can be difficult for teams to have a discussion that isn’t marred by frustration. The 4Ls retrospective -- Liked, Learned, Lacked, and Longed For -- is a useful tool that removes the emotional elements of a Sprint. It empowers the team to highlight the positive elements of a Sprint and understand the negative, allowing them to think from a factual rather than emotional perspective.

The 4Ls technique is popular because it’s easy to understand and simple for a facilitator to set up. Allow 30 to 60 minutes for the retrospective.

What do the 4Ls stand for?

The 4Ls stand for liked, learned, lacked, and longed for.

5 tips for creating a 4Ls template

1. Give people space and time to reflect. Make sure the team has about 30 to 60 minutes of uninterrupted time to take stock of their thoughts. Encourage people to take copious notes. Make sure the room is quiet and out of the way.

2. Ask everyone to turn off their devices so they can focus on the retrospective. If people are distracted by their laptops or phones, then they will find it harder to reflect.

3. Assure everyone that there are no right or wrong answers. The goal of the 4Ls is to give your team the space they need to reflect after a Sprint, so this isn’t a test!

4. Encourage your team to focus on action, not emotion.

5. Use the 4Ls retrospective to bring remote teams together after a difficult Sprint.

Why use the 4Ls retrospective?

The 4Ls Retrospective is specifically focused on action and improvement, and can build trust, improve morale, and increase engagement.

When should you use the 4Ls retrospective?

Use the 4Ls Retrospective template when you want to gather data on both positives and negatives at the end of a sprint. You can use the findings to quickly identify areas of improvement and assign ownership.

Easy to use

Easy to use

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Built-in collaboration

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