The art of the retrospective

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The art of the retrospective

  1. 1. The Art of the Retrospective<br />François Bachmann<br />Kiev, Agile Eastern Europe 2010<br />
  2. 2. Who’sTalking<br />François Bachmann<br />Lean/Agile Coach<br /><ul><li>18 years of Software Development
  3. 3. Principal @ SPRiNTiT
  4. 4. OrganisationalDevelopment& Team Efficiency Coach
  5. 5. Helpingcompaniesmake the transition to being more agile
  6. 6. Particularinterest :Complex Adaptive Systems </li></ul>October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  7. 7. Whatis a Retrospective for?<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  8. 8. The Retrospective Prime Directive(inspired by Star Trek)<br />“Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job he or she could, given what was known at the time, his or her skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.”<br />Norman Kerth<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  9. 9. Workshop Setup<br />Tables: active in Workshop<br />You are a cross-functionalTeam which has quitesuccessfullyworkedtogether for the last release<br />The WorkshopMasterwill guide yourthrough the 5 phases of a retrospective<br />Other people: observers<br />Pleasedon’tinterferewith the tables<br />You willbeasked for observations & comments<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  10. 10. The Story<br />The American Christmas Tale starring:<br />Santa Claus (ScrumMaster)<br />Dwarves (Team)<br />Children (Product Owner)<br />alsofeaturing<br />Elves (Quality Assurance)<br />Reindeers (Delivery)<br />Parents (Management)<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  11. 11. Santa Claus (ScrumMaster)<br />Makes sure the Dwarves (Team) know what to focus on<br />Looks after a good workingenvironmentwhere the appropriatetools are available<br />Facilitates the Retrospective<br />Goal: Make as manychildren as possible HAPPY<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  12. 12. Dwarves (Team)<br />Producetoysaccording to incomingorders<br />Repairdefectivetoys<br />Load on sledge for delivery<br />Goal: produce in a smooth & efficient way<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  13. 13. Children (Product Owners)<br />Compile a list of wishesbefore Christmas (knowing/guessingtheywon’tgeteverything)<br /><ul><li>In competitionwithotherchildren</li></ul>Goal: maximum pleasurewithinrealistic budget<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  14. 14. Elves (Quality Assurance)<br />Make sure the right toys are produced<br />Help minimizetoyrecalls and fixtures<br />Focus on quality and reworkimpediments<br />Goal: make the production process as smooth & efficient as possible<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  15. 15. Reindeer (Deployment)<br /><ul><li>Deliver the producedtoys, oftenin record time
  16. 16. Very diverse deliveryenvironments, oftenheavilyconstrained (chimneys)
  17. 17. Major challenges: planning & efficiency</li></ul>Goal: deliverwithout last-minute hickups<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  18. 18. Parents (Management)<br />Need to deal with – oftencontradictory – demandsfromtheirchildren<br />Have limited budget<br />Quitestressedduringdelivery time<br />Goal: fair budget allocation to avoidfightingchildren<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  19. 19. Wrap-Up: After Action Review(a simple & straightforwardretrospective)<br />Whatwassupposed to happen?<br />Whatreallyhappened?<br />Wasthere a difference? Why?<br />Whatcanwe do differentlynext time to improve the outcome?<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  20. 20. ThankYou!<br />Cards: 1 pack for eachattendee(theycost about 10 US$ /pack to produce)<br />If youwantanother pack, youneed to:<br />give me at least one improvementidea for this workshop <br />leaveyour business card<br />Comments, flowers, orders for more cards: francois@alchimiste-agile.com<br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />
  21. 21. PS: Why « Agile Alchemists » ?<br />The ouroboros (dragon eatingitsowntail) is an alchemistsymbol for transformation & renewal, whichnicelysums up the retrospective. Can yousay « feedback » ? <br />October 9, 2010<br />AgileEE 2010 - Kyiv, Ukraine<br />

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