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Why what and how of Agile Retrospectives - Agile Greece Summit 2015 - Ben Linders

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Presented at the first Agile Greece Summit in 2015.

Becoming agile is a learning process which requires that you reflect regularly and adopt your way of working. Valuable Agile Retrospectives provide the solution for a successful agile adoption at all levels in the organization. They help you to apply agilepractices effectively. This talk will show how using different exercises can help you to get more value out of agile retrospectives. I will explain the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they can bring you, and provide hands on advice for introducing and improving retrospectives in your teams.

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Why what and how of Agile Retrospectives - Agile Greece Summit 2015 - Ben Linders

  1. 1. 1 Ben Linders Consulting The Why, What and How of Agile Retrospectives First Agile Greece Summit – Athens September 18, 2015 Ben Linders Consulting
  2. 2. 2 Ben Linders Consulting On the agenda today … • “What” and “why” of Retrospectives • Business Value and Benefits • Enabling Retrospectives • Retrospective Exercises With agile retrospectives teams drive their own actions! Ben Linders
  3. 3. 3 Ben Linders Consulting Agile, Lean, Quality & Continuous Improvement Retrospectives Facilitator Agile Coach/Mentor/Trainer CMMI & People-CMM Assessor Freelance Editor for InfoQ.com Ben Linders Co-Author Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives English Dutch French Japanese Spanish Italian Chinese Russian Polish German Author: What Drives Quality eBook: Download from Amazon, InfoQ or Leanpub Print: Buy on Amazon or Lulu
  4. 4. 4 Ben Linders Consulting State of Practice Agile Retrospectives Doing them? Like doing them? Valuable?
  5. 5. 5 Ben Linders Consulting Agile Retrospectives Practice for teams to reflect on their way of working and to continuously become better in what they do. Focus upon • Teamworking • Self organizing What is an Agile Retrospectives
  6. 6. 6 Ben Linders Consulting
  7. 7. 7 Ben Linders Consulting Prime Directive “Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.”  Norm Kerth http://www.retrospectives.com/ Create an Open Culture where team member Speak Up with Respect for each other to Learn and Improve Prime Directive in 9 Languages Soft Skills Matter
  8. 8. 8 Ben Linders Consulting Why Retrospectives? To help teams to solve problems and improve themselves! • Becoming Agile and Lean • Make existing processes more Agile • Increase Value of Agile • Less resistance to Change
  9. 9. 9 Ben Linders Consulting Team Development Excellent teams: • are self organized & take responsibility • where people collaborate & interact • and learn and improve themselves Agile Retrospectives: • empower teams • help teams to take action • enable sustainable improvement
  10. 10. 10 Ben Linders Consulting Enabling Retrospectives Adopting retrospectives is an organizational change where professionals adapt their way of working, their behavior - It won’t just happen, and if not properly supported it may take much time, or even fail. • Purpose • Facilitation • Do and Evaluate Adopting Agile Retrospectives
  11. 11. 11 Ben Linders Consulting Purpose of Retrospectives • Team’s authority and responsibility on how they do their work • No “first time right” • Ok to fail, if you learn from it • Continuous improvement Sustainable Improvement through Agile Retrospectives
  12. 12. 12 Ben Linders Consulting Capable Retrospective Facilitators Facilitated by capable professionals: • Qualified facilitators • Train: Purpose, techniques, skills • Mentoring & coaching • Share & discuss experiences Agile Improvement Effective and Efficient Retrospectives: • Vital few improvement actions • Keep invested time low
  13. 13. 13 Ben Linders Consulting Do and Evaluate Retrospectives • Start with retrospectives in your first iteration • Simple technique: asking questions or boat exercise Evaluate the Retrospective: • Is this useful? • Helps to get a shared understanding? • Do the actions make sense? • Does meeting as a team to reflect feel good? 
  14. 14. 14 Ben Linders Consulting Vital Few Actions • Small Actions • Frequent Change • Focus on Value • Stop Starting, Start Stopping • Kanban Short Cycled Improvement Vital Few Actions
  15. 15. 15 Ben Linders Consulting Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises • Teams differ • Needs vary • More value You can plan a retrospective meeting, and think about the exercise you want to use, but be open to change it on the spot whenever needed. Toolbox of Retrospective Techniques
  16. 16. 16 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospective Exercises • Asking questions • One-word retrospective • Root Cause Analysis • Timeline • Flow and Energy • Asking Why? • Strenghts (Solution Focused) • Perfection game • Action priorities • Retrospective of Retrospectives • Teams with multiple customers • Remote Teams • Futurespectives • Strengths/Core Qualities Book with Agile Retrospective Exercises
  17. 17. 17 Ben Linders Consulting Designing your Retrospective amazon.com/dp/B00SWJO1DI benlinders.com/exercises/
  18. 18. 18 Ben Linders Consulting Take Away Retrospectives: • Team Development • Frequent, Fast Feedback • Well Facilitated • Effective Exercises • Take Actions
  19. 19. 19 Ben Linders Consulting Questions?Questions? Ben Linders Independent Consultant 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
  20. 20. 20 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospectives Book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives By Luis Gonçalves & Ben Linders Download from InfoQ or Leanpub Buy on Amazon or Lulu amazon.com/dp/B00SWJO1DI leanpub.com/gettingvalueoutofagileretrospectives Mailinglist: eepurl.com/Mem7H The suggested price is $9,99 (excl. VAT); this is what we think is the real value of this book. We leave it up to our readers to decide what they would like to pay for the book. 
  21. 21. 21 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospectives Book Bundle Four successful retrospectives books • Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives • Fun Retrospectives • Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Retrospectives • The Retrospective Handbook These books will make your agile retrospectives rock! Teams will love to do them :-). leanpub.com/b/agileretrospectives Discounted price: $25,49 (excl. VAT)
  22. 22. 22 Ben Linders Consulting Spicing up Retrospectives Workshop  Why and How  Business Benefits  Facilitation Skills  Exercises Workshop Agile Retrospectives Spice up your Agile Retrospectives
  23. 23. 23 Ben Linders Consulting Background Information
  24. 24. 24 Ben Linders Consulting Retrospective Benefits • Actions done by the Team • Power to the Team • Changes that Stick
  25. 25. 25 Ben Linders Consulting Assessing yourself • Readiness • Agile / Scrum Practices • Culture & Mindset • Agile Fluency • Roadmaps for Adoption • Maturity Agile Self-Assessment
  26. 26. 26 Ben Linders Consulting Book Facts Agile Retrospectives Leanpub subscribers: 500 in 3 months, 1000 in 5 months, now 2323 InfoQ downloads: > 6500++ Reviews: Goodreads 3,92 Amazon 4.6 Bestseller: #7 on Agile #2 on Business & Economics Languages: English Nederlands Español Francais Deutsch Japanese  Italiano Chinese Russian Polish Interviews: SPaMCAST Collaboration Superpowers InfoQ Scrum Masters Toolbox
  27. 27. 27 Ben Linders Consulting Business Value Agile retrospectives help teams learn and improve, and increase their business value to their customers and the company Getting more Business Value: • Expectations • Limit Actions • Follow up on Actions Getting Business Value out of Agile Retrospectives
  28. 28. 28 Ben Linders Consulting Leading Retrospectives Roles • Facilitator – Servant Leader • Coach – Support Change • Manager – Arrange for Change All roles are needed Play the game together Action is in the interaction
  29. 29. 29 Ben Linders Consulting Follow up on Actions • Visibility • Check status Mentoring & Coaching on Continuous Improvement Making Quality & Process Improvement Visisble Uncovering Better Ways to do Process Improvement Golden Rules for Agile Process Improvement
  30. 30. 30 Ben Linders Consulting Examples The Sprint that failed • Trust and Empowerment • Deal with Feelings The team that wasn’t a team yet • Getting to know each other • Skills & Open Culture
  31. 31. 31 Ben Linders Consulting Articles on Effective Agile • Self-assessing how Agile you are • Sustainable Improvement through Agile Retrospectives • Working in a Sustainable Pace • Becoming Agile and Lean • Succes Factors for Using Scrum and Getting Benefits • Process Improvement: The Agile Way • Golden Rules for Agile Process Improvement • How to deal with Resistance when Implementing Agile • Managing Projects with Agile Teams • Agile Project Management • Establishing and Maintaining Stable Teams • Getting Business Value out of Agile Retrospectives • Sharing Knowledge is Power • Are your Professionals Empowered?

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