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Retrospective Meeting Knowledge Sharing


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Retrospective Meeting Knowledge Sharing presentation used in HangZhou Scrum Forum 2009

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Retrospective Meeting Knowledge Sharing

  1. 1. Retrospective Meeting Knowledge Sharing
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Retrospective Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Retrospective Challenges And Tips </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Is a Retrospective <ul><li>A ritual held at the end of a “milestone” to learn from the experience and to plan changes for the next effort. </li></ul>It’s a fundamental vehicle to discover, share, and pass along the learning from experience - something we also call “ wisdom ”
  4. 4. Why Retrospective? <ul><li>Retrospectives provide: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback to the “development process” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An opportunity to talk about difficult issues that are impeding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>team performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A chance to record what is working/not working that can possibly be shared with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good team building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An insight into potential team problems that can be acted on </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Prime Directive <ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  6. 6. How do we go? <ul><li>Within a Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Four questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What did we do well - if we don’t discuss we might forget ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What did we learn? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What still puzzles us? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What should we do differently next time? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Retrospective Challenges <ul><li>Saying the same things over and over at every retrospective </li></ul><ul><li>Non Actable Actions, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Improve communications” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Improve velocity” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Complaining” meeting </li></ul>
  8. 8. Retrospective Tips - 1 <ul><li>Long Term Goal VS Next Sprint Action </li></ul><ul><li>Action Generation - To be S.M.A.R.T. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S pecific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M easureable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A greed-upon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R ealistic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T ime-based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prioritize Actions </li></ul><ul><li>Linking retrospectives </li></ul>
  9. 9. Retrospective Tips - 2 <ul><li>Analyze recurrent themes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s the fact behind inactions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fish bone diagram to find root cause </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vary the process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Histogram to show how satisfied team members are with the process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dot voting on puzzles/actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety exercise </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Retrospective Tips -3 <ul><li>Rotate leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Change the questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus On  / Focus Off  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What happened during the iteration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Surprises/Challenges? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Insights? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Actions? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Resources <ul><li>Project Retrospectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Norman L. Kerth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seven Ways to Revitalize Your Sprint Retrospectives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Esther Derby </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plan of Action: A Retrospective Technique for Creating Actions Tied to Long-Term Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bas Vodde </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Retrospectives –The Missing Practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tim Mackinnon </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Share your ideas? <ul><li>High Points? </li></ul><ul><li>Low Points? </li></ul>