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Agile Retrospective - part I

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Retrospective is probably the most important ceremony as it helps to improve the team. …

Retrospective is probably the most important ceremony as it helps to improve the team.

There are great sources how to do retrospective.

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  • Hi - I've been working on a online web application to help teams run distributed agile retrospective activities - GroupMap http://www.groupmap.com/agile-retrospectives . We'd appreciate your thoughts or if you'd like to give it a try. Thanks
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  • Start with a simple welcome and appreciation for people’s investment of time. Restate the purpose of the retrospective and the goal for the session. Remind people of how long you’ll meetSince the point of the retrospective is to help the group think and learn together, you need everyone’s participation. Ask everyone in the room to speak.Outline approach
  • You can use many different metaphors with this question - type of animal, hardware, flavor. Be careful not to use a metaphor that will seem frivolous or silly to your team.I pass answer is okGather answers – words and make them visible (happy, angry, sad,….)
  • Group of 4 ppl Leader describes productive and non-productive communication patterns Then all discuss what they mean for the retrospectiveDraw attention to the Focus On/Focus Off posterBriefly read through it.Form small groups, with no more than four people per group. Ask each group to take one pair of words to define and describe. If there are more than four pairs/groups, it’s OK if more than one group has the same pair of words.Ask each group to discuss what their two words mean and what behaviors they represent. Have them describe the impact each would have on the team and the retrospective.Each group reports on their discussion to the whole team.Ask people whether they are willing to stay in the left column (Focus On descriptions).Many teams carry forward the Focus On behaviors as working agreements to improve dayto-day communication.
  • Explorers - eager for new ideasShoppers - happy to go home with 1 new ideaVacationers - not interested in, happy be away of daily jobPrisoners - fell they are forced to attendAnonymouslyLeaders collect data and draw histogramIf the majority of the people in the room are Vacationers, that’s interesting information about how people feel about their work environment. You may want turn on a dime and make that the major topic of discussion for the retrospective!If you do have Prisoners in the room, suggest that they can choose how they will spend their time... they can engage or not. Prisoners can stay, but leave on a break if they wish
  • Set Standard – Select 3 to 7 agreementsEstablish that team members are responsible for monitoring their interactions.Team members work together to generate ideas for effective behaviors at work Choose 5 – 7 agreements to guide team interactions or processes.Each group reports their most important proposed working agreement.When all the unique proposed working agreements are collected, the retrospective leader helps the group make needed amendments and select three to seven working agreements that will set the standard for behavior during the retrospective
  • Start with a simple welcome and appreciation for people’s investment of time. Restate the purpose of the retrospective and the goal for the session. Remind people of how long you’ll meetSince the point of the retrospective is to help the group think and learn together, you need everyone’s participation. Ask everyone in the room to speak.Outline approach
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    • 1. …in various ways
      Retrospective
      ©ScrumDesk, 2011
    • 2. RetrospectARE
      …take a look back at events that already taken place
    • 3. Maybe you heard that


      Ohhh no, another survey…
      This is going to take forever.
      Let’s make it short & efficient.




    • 4. How is it different?
      Not a survey
      Team activity
      Ask and check
    • 5. Why is retrospective necessary?
      Opportunity to identify needs from inside
      Catalysts for change
      Generate actions
      Repeated process = continuous improvement
    • 6. Who is in the retrospective?
      For all team members
      Everyone is equal
      Facilitated by Scrum Master
      Product Owner
      is not necessary
      Management should
      not attend
    • 7. When?
    • 8. We used to do
      Good | Better | Ideas
      Voting
      Next steps
    • 9. There are better approaches
      ... how to identify problems according the current situation
    • 10. Set stage
      Gather data
      Generate insights
      Retrospective activities
      1
      2
      3
      4
      Decide what to do
      5
      Close
    • 11. Set stage
      Retrospective activities
      1
    • 12. Check-In
       5-10 min
      Iteration
      Set the stage
      Help people put aside other concerns and focus on the retrospective.
      What people want?
      Get all people to say one or two words and they will be like to contribute later
      1
      2
      In one word, what are your hopes for this retrospective?
      What is one thing that’s on your mind?
      Coming into this retrospective, if you were a car, what kind of car would you be?
    • 13. Focus On/Off
       8-12 min
      Communication
      Working agreement
      Set the stage
      Help establish a mind-set for productive communication
      1
      2
      3
      4
      5
    • 14. Explorer, Shopper, Vacationer, Prisoner
       10-15 min
      Collaboration
      Attitude
      Set the stage
      Focus people on the work of the retrospective. Understand people’s attitudes
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      2
      3
      4
      5
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      S
      V
      P
    • 15. Working agreement
       10-30 min
      Collaboration
      Set the stage
      Establish a set of behaviors that will support the team in having productive discussion
      1
      2
      3
      4
      5
      > 7 agreements
    • 16. Set stage
      Retrospective activities
      1
    • 17. Set stage
      Summary
      1
    • 18. Credentials
      Agile Retrospective Wiki
      Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Esther Derby, Diana Larsen