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Session at Agile Tours Brussels 2012 …

Session at Agile Tours Brussels 2012

Txs to Ester Derby and Jef Cumps!


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  • 1. How to do great Retrospectives ! Steve Conard 26 October 2012 Copyright images http://taylormali.com/
  • 2. Agenda• Framework• Sprint exercise• Retrospective exercise• Teach back session
  • 3. Special meetings At the end of a periodHow can the team improve their way of working?
  • 4. Let’s do retro’s that are fun !!!
  • 5. Flexible framework• Set the stage• Gather data• Generate insights• Decide what to do• Close the retrospective
  • 6. Set the stage
  • 7. Set the stage Set the stage• Establish the focus for this retrospective• Share the plan for the meeting• Establish or re-purpose working agreements• Get every voice in the room• Set other concerns aside (for now)
  • 8. Gather data
  • 9. Gather data• Create a shared pool of data• Ground the retrospective in facts, not in opinion• Consider objective ans subjective experience(the focus determines what data is relevant for a a particalar retrospective)
  • 10. Generate insights
  • 11. Generate insights Generate insights• Understand systemic influences & root causes• Observer patterns• Move beyond habitual thinking• Build shared awareness• See system effects
  • 12. Decide what to do
  • 13. Decide what to do Decide what to do• Move from discussion to action• Resolve on one or two actions or experiments• Focus on what the team can accomplish• Ask what the team has energy for, not what is “most important”
  • 14. Close the retrospective
  • 15. Close the retrospective Close the retrospective• Reiterate actions and follow-up• Appreciate contributions• Identify ways to make the retrospective better
  • 16. Flexible framework• Set the stage• Gather data• Generate insights• Decide what to do• Close the retrospective
  • 17. Don’t lose your retro wheels
  • 18. Set the stage and you get Brownian Motion. There’s no commonfocusGather data and the retro is ungrounded. Everyone will be workingfrom his own set of facts and opinions.Generate Insights and you’ll get habituals thinking.Decide What to Do and really, what is the point?Close the retrospective and lose an opportunity to appreciate andimprove
  • 19. Exercise Exercise • 3 minutes planning • 6 minutes building & testing • Build as much successful planes as possible • Rules: o Use 1/4th of A4 sheet of paper o One fold per person! o Test: plane should fly 3m
  • 20. Techniques• Set the stage o Check in o Working agreements• Gather data o Timeline o Triple Nickles o Color dot voting o Sad Mad Glad
  • 21. Techniques• Generate Insights o 5 Why’s? o Cause – effect diagram• Decide what to do o Triple Nickles o Color dot voting o Circle of questions o Short subjects
  • 22. Techniques• Closing o +/Delta o Appreciations
  • 23. Techniques – morehttp://retrospectivewiki.org/index.php?title=Retrospectiv