How much time has Retromat saved you?
How many great retrospectives has it inspired?


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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.

A dream...


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!


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Frequently Asked Questions



Is this tax-deductible? Are you a charitable entity?

No to both. Retromat is not a charitable organization and "donations" are not tax-deductible. Sorry!

Do I get a receipt of any kind?

If you need it just for your own documents, you can email me with the relevant data and I will send you a receipt.
If you need an invoice to expense at your employer that looks better than a non-tax-deductible "donation", consider buying this book instead of the Paypal route. You can set your own price, I'll get about 70% of it and the book shop takes care of VAT and the invoice.

Can I also donate via Bank Transfer?

Yes: Corinna Baldauf, IBAN: DE09500310001032818001, BIC / SWIFT: TRODDEF1

Why donations? Why not Ads / Patreon / ...?

I've thought about alternatives, but they all come up short: I hate ads. I’m not sure how I feel about sponsorship, but I’d probably only accept sponsors I genuinely think are good, which limits the possibilities...
Patreon is a cool concept, but I would have to come up with additional stuff for the Patrons and I can't even keep up the basic Retromat work that I think is crucial...
That's why I'm trying donations first. With your donation you help keeping Retromat free and ad-free.

Any other questions?


Please don't hesitate to ask! You can contact me via email or Twitter.

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Corinna Baldauf
Kühlwetterstr. 30
40239 Düsseldorf



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