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Renovate Your Retrospective - Adam England - KCDC 2015

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Presentation from Kansas City Developer Conference, June 25, 2015. Adam England discusses common problems in agile retrospectives, and provides solutions for getting to the root cause, and making your retrospectives fun again.

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Renovate Your Retrospective - Adam England - KCDC 2015

  1. 1. Renovate Your Retrospectives Adam England @adamnengland
  2. 2. Titanium  Sponsors Platinum  Sponsors Gold  Sponsors
  3. 3. About Me
  4. 4. About You
  5. 5. Are Retrospectives Worth Doing?
  6. 6. 5 problems to watch for
  7. 7. 1. Failing to meet retrospective goals.
  8. 8. Solution #1 Accountability
  9. 9. Discuss Goals at Every Standup
  10. 10. Assign an owner to every goal
  11. 11. Apply SMART criteria when choosing goals. Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant Time-bound
  12. 12. Solution #2 Reconsider your sprint commitment
  13. 13. Solution #3 1 Retro = 1 Goal
  14. 14. Solution #4 Do it more.
  15. 15. 1. Failing to meet retrospective goals. 2. Retrospectives take way too long.
  16. 16. Solution #1 Preparation is Key
  17. 17. Solution #2 Choose one topic for a deep-dive
  18. 18. 1. Failing to meet retrospective goals. 2. Retrospectives take way too long. 3. Being too nice.
  19. 19. You can’t make everyone happy in every retro All the topics we could discuss The topics we have time for
  20. 20. Solution #1 Democratize
  21. 21. Limit observations to 3 stickies? Dot vote to narrow down topics? Parking lot for topics that only have 1 mention?
  22. 22. 1. Failing to meet retrospective goals. 2. Retrospectives take way too long. 3. Being too nice. 4. Missing the forest for the trees.
  23. 23. Look at your metrics
  24. 24. Look at trends, not numbers What have you done for me lately?
  25. 25. 1. Failing to meet retrospective goals. 2. Retrospectives take way too long. 3. Being too nice. 4. Missing the forest for the trees. 5. I’m Bored.
  26. 26. Changing Retrospective Plans may not be enough
  27. 27. Solution #1 Sprint One General Sprint Retro Sprint Two Deep Dive - Single Issue Retro Sprint Three General Sprint Retro Sprint Four Quarterly Goal review Retro
  28. 28. Solution #2 New Blood
  29. 29. 1. Failing to meet retrospective goals. 2. Retrospectives take way too long. 3. Being too nice. 4. Missing the forest for the trees. 5. Boredom 6. Not asking team for feedback
  30. 30. 1. Failing to meet retrospective goals. 2. Retrospectives take way too long. 3. Being too nice. 4. Missing the forest for the trees. 5. Boredom 6. Not asking team for feedback
  31. 31. aengland@rednovalabs.com @adamnengland adamnengland.com
  32. 32. Questions?

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