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Mini-workshop
Retrospecting your Retrospectives
Experience Agile 202...
Ben Linders Consulting
Retrospectives are always great
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Ben Linders Consulting
Except when they are not
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Ben Linders Consulting
Retrospective problems
Same
actions
come up
Nothing
happens
Retro
sk...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Debugging Retrospectives
• Agile Retrospective bingo
• Retrospective...
benlinders.com - @BenLinders 6
Ben Linders Consulting
Agile Retrospective Bingo
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Ben Linders Consulting
Retrospective on Retrospectives
Possible Exercises:
• Car Brand
• Tr...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Retrospective smells and antidotes
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Ben Linders Consulting
Improve retrospective facilitation
• Prime Directive
• Independent f...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Assess strengths and weaknesses
benlinders.com - @BenLinders 11
Ben Linders Consulting
Remote/Distributed Teams
Invest time in getting people to know each...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Effective Retrospectives
 Why over how
 Good facilitation
 Effec...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Questions?Questions?
Ben Linders
Trainer / Coach / Adviser / Author...
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Background Information
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Ben Linders Consulting
Valuable Agile Retrospectives
Getting Value out of Agile Retrospect...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Inspiration for Retrospectives
Retrospective Exercises:
• amazon.co...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Retrospectives Book Bundle
Six successful retrospectives books
• Ge...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Assessing your Agility
Over 70 tools:
• Self-Assessment checklists
...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Services for Agile Self-assessments
Services for assessing your agi...
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Ben Linders Consulting
Continuous Improvement
 Become aware of importance of continuous
i...
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Deep Dive into Software Quality with Practical
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The mini-workshop Retrospecting your Retrospectives at eXperience Agile 2020 provides you with ideas to debug your agile retrospectives, find out why they aren’t working and learn how to spice them up and bring the energy back in the team.

Are your retrospective meetings not helping teams to improve? Same actions coming up every retro? People skip the retro, or find them boring? A lack of energy in the room? Chit-chatting instead of discussing real issues? No need for that, let’s retrospect your retrospectives!

In this mini-workshop, you will experience how to use retrospective exercises to debug your retrospective meetings. People will work in teams to reflect on how their retrospectives are going and will learn what they can do to make them valuable again.

It’s a highly interactive session, learning by doing. I’ll bring in my experience from 20 years of doing agile retrospectives, and will set a culture where people will share their ideas and learn.

Agile retrospectives should help teams to reflect at the end of each iteration to learn and decide what to improve and take action in the next iteration. Valuable Agile Retrospectives provide the solution for a successful agile adoption at all levels in the organization. They help teams to reflect and learn how to apply agile practices effectively, and support managers with ideas to set conditions for their teams to grow and deliver more value.

But sometimes retrospectives don’t live up their expectation. Problems that can happen are:

The same questions (what went well, what to improve) are being asked
Similar actions keep coming up in every retrospective
Nothing happens after the meeting, actions are not done
People are postponing or skipping the retrospective meeting
Team members complain that retrospectives are boring and a waste of time
There’s a lack of energy in the room during the meeting, people are not engaged
People don’t feel safe to speak up and share their view
Discussions in the retrospective are not about the real problems (elephant in the room)
The retrospective facilitator is leading people towards a pre-defined answer/solution
In this session, teams will be doing 5 different exercises. In a time slot of two hours, teams rotate to do 2-3 of them.

Intended audience: Scrum masters, agile coaches, tech leads, developers, testers, operations, and anyone who facilitates retrospectives.

This session includes ideas published in my book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, practices from the Retrospective Exercises Toolbox, and agile coaching tools available in my webshop. It’s partly based on things that I teach in one of my workshops: Increasing Organizational Agility with Retrospectives.

Learning Objectives:

Learn to use exercises to reflect on your current practice of retrospectives
See how to create a safe and productive environment to run retrospectives
Practice effective skills for facilitating retrospectives and getting people engaged

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  1. 1. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 1 Ben Linders Consulting Mini-workshop Retrospecting your Retrospectives Experience Agile 2020 September 28-30 Ben Linders
  2. 2. Ben Linders Consulting Retrospectives are always great 2
  3. 3. Ben Linders Consulting Except when they are not 3
  4. 4. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 4 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospective problems Same actions come up Nothing happens Retro skipped Boring meetings Lack of energy No safety Elephantin the room Pre-defined outcome
  5. 5. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 5 Ben Linders Consulting Debugging Retrospectives • Agile Retrospective bingo • Retrospective on retrospectives • Retrospective smells and antidotes • Improve retrospective facilitation • Assess strengths and weaknesses
  6. 6. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 6 Ben Linders Consulting Agile Retrospective Bingo
  7. 7. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 7 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospective on Retrospectives Possible Exercises: • Car Brand • Triple S (Stop, Start, Spice up) • Perfection Game • One Word • Core Qualities • Faces Jack Sparrow • …
  8. 8. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 8 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospective smells and antidotes
  9. 9. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 9 Ben Linders Consulting Improve retrospective facilitation • Prime Directive • Independent facilitator • Deal with negative issues • Encourage participation • Give space to people • Focus on the process • Listen actively
  10. 10. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 10 Ben Linders Consulting Assess strengths and weaknesses
  11. 11. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 11 Ben Linders Consulting Remote/Distributed Teams Invest time in getting people to know each other More focus on preparation & facilitation Arrange video (Skype, hangout, etc) Tools: • Lino – Sticky notes Remote Retros • Miro – The online collaborative whiteboard platform • Retrium – run effective retrospectives with Retrium • Weave – Collaboration platform with serious games • TeamRetro – Agile retrospectives made easy, effective, and engaging
  12. 12. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 12 Ben Linders Consulting Effective Retrospectives  Why over how  Good facilitation  Effective exercises  Frequent, small steps  Vital few actions
  13. 13. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 13 Ben Linders Consulting Questions?Questions? Ben Linders Trainer / Coach / Adviser / Author / Speaker Agile, Lean, Quality & Continuous Improvement info@BenLinders.cominfo@BenLinders.com @BenLinders www.linkedin.com/in/benlinderswww.linkedin.com/in/benlinders www.facebook.com/BenLindersAdvieswww.facebook.com/BenLindersAdvies www.benlinders.comwww.benlinders.com
  14. 14. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 14 Ben Linders Consulting Background Information
  15. 15. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 15 Ben Linders Consulting Valuable Agile Retrospectives Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives By Luis Gonçalves & Ben Linders Download from InfoQ or Leanpub Buy on Amazon or other webshops amazon.com/dp/B00SWJO1DI leanpub.com/gettingvalueoutofagileretrospectives Mailinglist: eepurl.com/Mem7H
  16. 16. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 16 Ben Linders Consulting Inspiration for Retrospectives Retrospective Exercises: • amazon.com/dp/B00SWJO1DI • benlinders.com/exercises/ • benlinders.com/ask-your-agile-retrospective-qu
  17. 17. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 17 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospectives Book Bundle Six successful retrospectives books • Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives • Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Retrospectives • The Retrospective Handbook • Retrospectives for Organizational Change • The Retrospectives Kickstarter • Agile Retrospectives leanpub.com/b/agileretrospectives Make your agile retrospectives rock! Teams will love to do them :-).
  18. 18. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 18 Ben Linders Consulting Assessing your Agility Over 70 tools: • Self-Assessment checklists • Readyness checks • Maturity assessments • Agile health checks • Measurements • And much more! Agile Self-Assessments
  19. 19. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 19 Ben Linders Consulting Services for Agile Self-assessments Services for assessing your agility and increase delivered value: • In-house workshop for playing the Agile Self-assessment Game • Public workshops to experience the Agile Self-assessment Game • Agile assessment for your team, department, or organization • Facilitation for playing the game at your event (conference, meetup, hackathon, game lab, etc) • Tailoring the Agile Self-assessment Game to your specific needs • Licenses for playing the game • … Contact: benlinders@gmail.com +31 6 2901 3863
  20. 20. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 20 Ben Linders Consulting Continuous Improvement  Become aware of importance of continuous improvement,  Explore how it’s engrained in agile software development  Suggestions that you can use in your daily work to improve continuously Increase your organization's agility! Leanpub.com/continuousimprovement “Continuous Improvement is the act of continuously doing whatever helps to become better and thus more valuable”
  21. 21. benlinders.com - @BenLinders 21 Ben Linders Consulting What Drives Quality Deep Dive into Software Quality with Practical Solutions for Delivering High Quality Products for software developers and testers, architects, Product Owners, agile coaches, Scrum masters, project managers, and operational and senior managers who consider quality to be important Released: September 30, 2017 Second edition: Early 2019 Available on Amazon, leanpub, BenLinders

The mini-workshop Retrospecting your Retrospectives at eXperience Agile 2020 provides you with ideas to debug your agile retrospectives, find out why they aren’t working and learn how to spice them up and bring the energy back in the team. Are your retrospective meetings not helping teams to improve? Same actions coming up every retro? People skip the retro, or find them boring? A lack of energy in the room? Chit-chatting instead of discussing real issues? No need for that, let’s retrospect your retrospectives! In this mini-workshop, you will experience how to use retrospective exercises to debug your retrospective meetings. People will work in teams to reflect on how their retrospectives are going and will learn what they can do to make them valuable again. It’s a highly interactive session, learning by doing. I’ll bring in my experience from 20 years of doing agile retrospectives, and will set a culture where people will share their ideas and learn. Agile retrospectives should help teams to reflect at the end of each iteration to learn and decide what to improve and take action in the next iteration. Valuable Agile Retrospectives provide the solution for a successful agile adoption at all levels in the organization. They help teams to reflect and learn how to apply agile practices effectively, and support managers with ideas to set conditions for their teams to grow and deliver more value. But sometimes retrospectives don’t live up their expectation. Problems that can happen are: The same questions (what went well, what to improve) are being asked Similar actions keep coming up in every retrospective Nothing happens after the meeting, actions are not done People are postponing or skipping the retrospective meeting Team members complain that retrospectives are boring and a waste of time There’s a lack of energy in the room during the meeting, people are not engaged People don’t feel safe to speak up and share their view Discussions in the retrospective are not about the real problems (elephant in the room) The retrospective facilitator is leading people towards a pre-defined answer/solution In this session, teams will be doing 5 different exercises. In a time slot of two hours, teams rotate to do 2-3 of them. Intended audience: Scrum masters, agile coaches, tech leads, developers, testers, operations, and anyone who facilitates retrospectives. This session includes ideas published in my book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, practices from the Retrospective Exercises Toolbox, and agile coaching tools available in my webshop. It’s partly based on things that I teach in one of my workshops: Increasing Organizational Agility with Retrospectives. Learning Objectives: Learn to use exercises to reflect on your current practice of retrospectives See how to create a safe and productive environment to run retrospectives Practice effective skills for facilitating retrospectives and getting people engaged

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