Parabol Blog

Backlog Refinement: When Should it Happen?

Product Backlog refinement (formerly backlog grooming) helps agile teams improve their development process by ensuring the team always has well-define...

Friday Ship

#217 – More Sprint Poker Design

This week we made great strides in bringing our new agile Sprint Poker experience to life.

Friday Ship

#216 – Pre-meeting Design

This week we explored how meetings might get set up ahead of time. Sprint Poker subtly changes how meetings work in Parabol from “everybody join this ...


How we ran a qualitative research study remotely without losing our minds

For several years now, we’ve been helping agile teams conduct powerful retrospective meetings across the bounds of space and timezones.

Friday Ship

#215 – 10 Members 💪

This week we Parabol celebrated the starting of its 10th teammate, Nick O’Ferrall. Nick joins as the 6th member of our product development team.

How Online Tools Improve Your In-Person Retrospectives

We’re in the midst of the world’s largest-ever ‘work-from-home’ experiment.

Friday Ship

#214 – S.P.A. 15 Remote Retreat

This week we returned to our company's regular rhythm after holding last week’s 15th all-company retreat, S.P.A. 15.


How to run a retrospective across time zones

As I opened my eyes, the dim light of dawn pushed its way through the curtains. The sun wasn’t up yet, but the birds were already tweeting. Prising my...

Friday Ship

#213 - New Features From New Faces

This week we welcomed some new folks to the team, bringing our total up to nine Parabolians (Parabolites? P9s.) Our small team has doubled this year. ...

New Features

New: pinned agenda items and discussion threads in Check-in Meetings

The first user-facing software we built was the Check-In Meeting. When Parabol was formed, the team ran this meeting every Tuesday. We would catch up ...

Friday Ship

#212 - Caching In

(Source) This week, we shipped a new version of Parabol to production that enhances its performance with a new server-side cache. 🚨 Warning! 🤓 Nerdy...

Meetings are great: the benefits of intentional synchronous time

It was a crisp fall morning, and I was filled with nerves and enthusiasm about the impending challenge: my first day at a new company. Unfortunately, ...