Retrospec)ve Dialogue Sheets allan kelly Øredev Twi+er: @allankelynet November 2012 h+p://www.allankelly.net h+p://www.dialoguesheets.com
Allan Kelly Director, SoFware Strategy Ltd – ConsulIng & Training for Agile – Custom SoFware Development Author – Changing So*ware Development: Learning to be Agile (2008, Wiley) – Business Pa8erns for So:ware Developers (2012, Wiley -‐ ISBN: 978-‐1119999249) 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know Henney, 2010 Context EncapsulaDon in PaEern Languages of Program Design Volume 5, 2006 (c) Allan Kelly h+p://www.soFwarestrategy.co.uk 2
Stats Over 2000 Downloads Frequency of retrospec)ve • USA 20-‐25% • Never 33% • UK 12½-‐20% • 1 or 2 a year 10% • France 5-‐7% • Quarterly 6% • Germany 5-‐9% • Monthly 20% From 70 countries since • 2-‐weeks 23% May 2011 (At Ime of download)
What people have said… the diﬀerence from the last few )mes was like night and day. I had some worries going in some team members would be reluctant to engage but found that no one held back and everyone got involved in scribbling on the sheet and talking about the sprint. AFerwards I got some very enthusiasIc feedback from the people who Id originally worried about!
Norway • SImulates equality among team members • Few/no barriers for parIcipants to express themselves • Prevent the Scrum Master from falling into a "team leaderish" role sessions less bureaucraIc and more inspiring • We spend our Ime on issues of real value to the team instead of ceremony parts no one really likes • Sheet can be put directly on a wall aFer the meeIng
What people have said… Using the sheet deﬁnitely promoted discussion in the retrospecIves and, by bringing the focus away from the facilitator, the team concentrates more on the project. The team thought it was a fun way of doing a retrospecIve, it felt fresh. When I asked them if we should try using them in the future, the answer was a deﬁnite yes.
What people have said… Walking around the pods, it was interesIng to see that the teams posted their resulIng sheets, and in one case had referenced it several Imes during a conversaIon about an issue they were discussing.
I was a bit nervous about trying something … but the energy in the room was tremendous. In fact I had several people tell me it was the best retrospecIve they have had in years.