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  • This is the link to the blogpost about the Check In exercise:

    http://noostvog.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/a-retrospective-check-in-exercise/

    Have fun!

    Nick
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  • Mike, Thanks for the comment!
    You can find more info about those exercises here:

    Check-in:
    I will write a blogpost later and post the link here.

    Mr Squiggle:
    http://noostvog.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/boring-retrospectives-part-3/
    http://www.thekua.com/atwork/2008/04/retrospective-exercise-mr-squiggle/

    Cheers,
    Nick
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  • Hi,

    Good presentation, but I guess I could have got more out of it if I'd been there, specifically, could you let me know where I can find decent resources for:

    - 'Check In' exercise, can't find this anywhere
    - How Mr Squiggle is relevant to retrospectives!

    Thanks!

    Mike
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  • People get stuck in routines. Good is the enemy of great. Yet, is it insane to expect good and better performance if nothing ever changes. Even if you want to, how do you know what to go about changing? Image from: http://arnoldgirls.net/2010/08/25/the-theory-of-relativity/
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  • Let’s reflect on what it is that you are all here to do, and what concerns you may have. Let’s see if we can match these hopes or addresses these concerns throughout this workshop
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    • 1. Retrospectives in Action
      @nickoostvogels @patkua
    • 2. Who are you?
      Experience + Interest
    • 3. What is a retrospective?
    • 4. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
      - Albert Einstein
    • 5. We’re not the only ones who do this
    • 6. What is a retrospective?
      A ritual held at the end of a project to review the events and learn from the experience
    • 7. Typically…
      Insert Retrospective
      here
      What if?
    • 8. What is a retrospective?
      n agile
      throughout
      A ritual held at the end of a project to review the events and learn from the experience
      and benefit from those lessons immediately
    • 9. Hopes
      and
      Concerns
      I hope to…
      I’m concerned that…
      I hope to…
      I’m concerned that…
      I hope to…
      I hope to…
      I’m concerned that…
      I hope to…
      I’m concerned that…
      (for this session)
    • 10. STRUCTURE of RETROSPECTIVE
      SET the STAGE
      INSIGHTS
      CLOSE
      DEFINE ACTIONS
      GATHER
      INFORMATION
    • 11. SET the STAGE
      INSIGHTS
      CLOSE
      DEFINE ACTIONS
      GATHER
      INFORMATION
    • 12. SET the STAGE
      INSIGHTS
      CLOSE
      DEFINE ACTIONS
      GATHER
      INFORMATION
    • 13. INSIGHTS
      SET the STAGE
      CLOSE
      DEFINE ACTIONS
      GATHER
      INFORMATION
    • 14. SET the STAGE
      INSIGHTS
      CLOSE
      DEFINE ACTIONS
      GATHER
      INFORMATION
    • 15. SET the STAGE
      INSIGHTS
      CLOSE
      DEFINE ACTIONS
      GATHER
      INFORMATION
    • 16. FACILITATOR role
      HISTORY
      Image by Eugeni Dodonov at http://www.flickr.com/photos/eugeni_dodonov/4743512951/
    • 17. FACILITATOR role
      RESPONSIBILITIES
      trigger COMMUNICATION
      keep ENERGY level UP
      GUIDE through EXERCISES
      RECORD
      BLEND IN
    • 18. PARTICIPATORYDECISION MAKING
      Image : Facilitator’s guide to participatory decision making - Sam Kaner
    • 19. EXERCISES
    • 20. Check - In
    • 21. Check – In
      PURPOSE
      Icebreaker
      Improve communication
      Everybody speaks
      Remove tension
    • 22. Check – In
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Check In
    • 23. Safety Check
      PURPOSE
      Understand people’s willingness to participate
      Low safety = conversations may not reflect reality and full story
      High safety = healthy discussions
    • 24. Safety Check
      5. No problem, I’ll talk about anything
      4. I’ll talk about almost anything, a few things might be hard
      3. I’ll talk about some things, but others will be hard to say
      2. I’m not going to say much, I’ll let others bring up issues
      1. I’ll smile, claim everything is great and agree with managers
    • 25. Safety Check
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Safety Check
    • 26. Motivation
      Some people may feel safe, just not really motivated. Motivation measures a different aspect
      The ESVP exercise helps us here…
    • 27.
    • 28. Motivation
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Motivation
    • 29. Fishbowl
      Image by Nancy White at http://www.flickr.com/photos/choconancy/3212222495/
    • 30. Fishbowl
      PURPOSE
      Build mutual understanding
      Listen, observe
      Gain insights
      Discuss
    • 31. Fishbowl
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Fishbowl
    • 32. (Break)
    • 33. Mr Squiggle
    • 34.
    • 35. Mr Squiggle
      PURPOSE
      Visualization
      Storytelling
      Creativity
      Discover things to elaborate on
    • 36. Mr Squiggle
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Mr Squiggle
    • 37. Brainwriting
    • 38. Brainwriting
      PURPOSE
      Get true feelings out
      Collect different viewpoints
      Build understanding
      Discover new ideas
    • 39. Brainwriting
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Brainwriting
    • 40. Retrospective Starfish
      Start Doing
      Stop Doing
      Less Of
      More Of
      Keep Doing
    • 41. Retrospective Starfish
      PURPOSE
      Stimulate different thinking
      Find improvement area’s
    • 42. Retrospective Starfish
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Retrospective Starfish
    • 43. Dot Voting
      Image by cogdogblog at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/4031095773/
    • 44. Dot Voting
      PURPOSE
      Prioritize action items
      Democratically
    • 45. Dot Voting
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Dot Voting
    • 46. Timeline & Emotional Trendline
    • 47. Timeline & Emotional Trendline
      PURPOSE
      Get back in the mindset
      Collect information
      Visualize emotions
      Discover
    • 48. Timeline & Emotional Trendline
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      Timeline & Emotional TL
    • 49. Close
    • 50. ROTI
      Return on Time Invested
    • 51. ROTI
      5. Excellent. A really useful meeting worth more than time spent on it. High value.
      4. Above average. I gained more than the time I spent. Good value
      3. Average. I gained enough to justify the time spent on. I have not lost my time, no more. Value.
      2. Useful but it wasn’t worth 100% of the time I spent on it. So I lost time.
      1. Useless. I gained nothing. No value at all!
    • 52. ROTI
      PURPOSE
      Get feedback on the retrospective
      Anonymous
    • 53. ROTI
      PLACE in retrospective
      Set the
      stage
      Gather
      information
      Insights
      Define
      actions
      Close
      ROTI
    • 54. Questions?
      @nickoostvogels @patkua