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The Trojan Retrospective - From Crickets to Conversations

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Are you frustrated with your Scrum Retrospectives? Disappointed with the ROI or lack thereof? Are myths and misuderstandings about Agile & Scrum getting in the way and everyone is too busy chopping wood to sharpen their axes? Maybe the Trojan Retrospective will help....

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The Trojan Retrospective - From Crickets to Conversations

  1. 1. 1© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com THE TROJAN RETROSPECTIVE FROM CRICKETS TO CONVERSATIONS RAVI VERMA THE ORG WHISPERER
  2. 2. 2© 1993-2014 Scrum.org, All Rights Reserved About Me… • Education:  Bachelors in Computer Sc. & Engg.  Masters in Entrepreneurship • Certifications:  PST (PSF, PSM, PSPO), PSE, PSM II, PSPO II, PSD I  Evidence Based Management Consultant  MBTI Certified Practitioner  Certified in Advanced Conflict Resolution  Certificate in Organizational Development • Experience:  Sr. Principal – Enterprise Agile Deployment, Sabre  Founder & Org Whisperer – SmoothApps  16+ years in SW Delivery, Consulting  Siemens, HP, Avaya, Cisco, AT&T. among others  Dev Background: C/C++, VC++, Win32 SDK, Oracle…
  3. 3. 3© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •Disappointed with value delivered by Agile…? •Ineffective Retrospectives? •A fresh approach… The Trojan Retrospective
  4. 4. 4© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com But First… •The Agile Umbrella… • http://www.agilesherpa.org/intro _to_agile/what_is_agile_developme nt/ •Quick overview of Scrum…
  5. 5. 5 © SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com PO SPRINT BACKLOG PRODUCT BACKLOG PSI 2-4 weeks (SPRINT) 24 hrs (DAILY SCRUM) SPRINT REVIEW SHIP IT? PRODUCTION Y ANALYSTS OPS / SUPPORT PARTNERS CUSTOMERS SALES COMPETITORS SPRINT RETRO INSPECT / ADAPT PRODUCT BACKLOG INSPECT / ADAPT SPRINT PLAN, PRODUCT, PROCESS INSPECT / ADAPT PROCESS Backlog Refining / Grooming SPRINT PLANNING
  6. 6. 6© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •The Sprint Retrospective is an opportunity for the Scrum Team to inspect itself and create a plan for improvements to be enacted during the next Sprint... Sprint Retrospective - Scrum Guide
  7. 7. 7© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •...The purpose of the Sprint Retrospective is to: • Inspect how the last Sprint went with regards to people, relationships, process, and tools; • Identify and order the major items that went well and potential improvements; and, • Create a plan for implementing improvements to the way the Scrum Team does its work. Sprint Retrospective - Scrum Guide
  8. 8. 8© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •What’s been your experience…? • Challenges…? • Success Stories…? Sprint Retrospective
  9. 9. 9© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • LACK OF ATTENDANCE - Team members not showing up to the retrospective • LACK OF PARTICIPATION - Not hearing anything at the event besides the sound of Crickets – team members showing up, but not sharing anything • LACK OF TRANSPARENCY & INSPECTION – Meaningless conversations – no transparency and no inspection. Nothing other than whining, finger-pointing and complaints • LACK OF ADAPTATION - Meaningful conversations – healthy transparency and inspection but no meaningful adaptation. No follow-up actions to make things better. Sprint Retro – Common Challenges
  10. 10. 10© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •Flip charts with the questions… • What worked well? • What could have worked better? • What actions will we take in the coming sprint to make it more effective? •I add a couple of additional questions… • What was the most valuable knowledge we gained in this sprint? • What contributions would we like to acknowledge in this sprint? My Typical Retro…
  11. 11. 11© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •Assign an owner to each flip chart •Lot’s of post- it’s & markers •Gelato!!!! •Go… My Typical Retro…
  12. 12. 12© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com
  13. 13. 13© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com
  14. 14. 14© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com Additional Help… •Alternate approach… • Increase Agile Awareness • Whet the appetite… • Encourage baby steps…
  15. 15. 15© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •Start with some assertions •Request a response… •Roll-up & Summarize… Assertions
  16. 16. 16© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Reflect on your most recent Agile Project • Inspect it along the following dimensions… • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Agile Manifesto
  17. 17. 17© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Agile Principles – 1 to 6
  18. 18. 18© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Agile Principles – 7 to 12
  19. 19. 19© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Scrum Objectives
  20. 20. 20© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Scrum Values
  21. 21. 21© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Scrum Theory / Empiricism
  22. 22. 22© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Scrum Roles
  23. 23. 23© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Scrum Events
  24. 24. 24© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Scrum Artifacts
  25. 25. 25© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • Which element was the healthiest? • Which needed the most adaptation? • Given a chance, what would you do different? How? Scrum Theory
  26. 26. 26© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com Read More on the Blog…
  27. 27. 27© SmoothApps 2014 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com •Agile / Scrum is much more than people standing in a room, answering 3 questions •If you are disappointed with Agile ROI, consider improving Retrospective •Try some of the ideas •Inspect & adapt In Summary…
  28. 28. 28© SmoothApps 2015 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com • What was your most valuable takeaway? • What is one baby step you will take in the next 30 days to apply what you learned today?
  29. 29. 29© SmoothApps 2015 All rights reserved. www.smoothapps.com Let’s Talk… Ravi Verma The Org Whisperer smoothapps smoothapps orgwhisperer

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