4L Reflection

reflect on what your team liked, learned, lacked, and longed for

4L Reflection

What is a 4L Reflection?

The 4L Retrospective is a reflection method where team members identify what they liked, learned, lacked and longed for in a project or period of work. It uncovers opportunities for improvement that can later be translated into concrete actions and improvements.


How does a 4L Reflection work?

Step 1: What did you like?

Ask “What did you really enjoy about this project or phase?” What went better than expected? Fill in the positive aspects of the project you’re reflecting on.

Step 2: What did you learn?

Ask “What was a valuable lesson learned?”. Reflect on and share anything you might have learned. Learnings can vary from organisational to technical aspects.

Step 3: What lacked?

Ask “What did you lack during this project or phase?” What could have gone better and was clearly missing? Gather everything that held the team back and was a shortfall.

Step 4: What did you long for?

Ask “What support did you desire or wish for?” Think future oriented, what’s something that you wish that could exist going forward.


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4L Reflection Miro Template

  1. Click the button below, to open the 4L Reflection Miro Template
  2. In Miro click on the name of the board in the upper-left corner, to see the board info card
  3. Click on the Duplicate button in the info card to add the template into your own account.
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4L Reflection Mural Template

  1. Click the button below, to open the 4L Reflection Mural Template
  2. In the new tab click on Create mural from template to create a new Mural board with the template in your account

Tip: You can also click "Save for later" to save the template into your account and use it in the future.

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4L Reflection PDF Template

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Questions & Answers

How can I edit the 4L Reflection template?
Duplicate either the Miro or Mural 4L Reflection template. All you need for that is a free account on one of the platforms. From there you can fully edit and adapt the template content and colors to your own needs.
Can I share the 4L Reflection template with others?
Yes, absolutly! Feel free to share this template with your team, colleagues or organisation. The best way to do this, is to send them a direct link to the template.
Is it possible to print the 4L Reflection template?
Yes, you can print the 4L Reflection template. To do so, simply download the PDF version of this template. The PDF version is in A4 format, vector-based and can be printed in high-quality on large size. The best paper size for printing is A1, because it's still portable but gives you enough space to work on.
Do I need a payed Miro or MURAL account to use the 4L Reflection template?
No, a payed Miro or Mural account won't be necessary to use this template, because you can always use the free plan for both tools. Or if you exceed the limits of the free plan, you can always download this template as a PDF.
What is the license for this template?
This template is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0. In short that means, you are free to download, copy and share the template. But while doing so, you must give appropriate credit and provide a link to the 4L Reflection template website.