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Return of the Retrospective - Prioritising continuous improvement - 15_12_2016


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Retrospectives are one of the most important and common Agile ceremonies, but are you and your team bored with them? Do you always use the same, old format, or are they just proving to be ineffective?

The aim of this session is to empower you to change things up within your team or company and bring the retrospective back to life. You will learn about a number of new and different retrospective techniques that you can start using immediately back at your company. It’s time for the return of the retrospectives!

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Return of the Retrospective - Prioritising continuous improvement - 15_12_2016

  1. 1. Return of the Priori.sing con.nuous improvement Ryan McKergow ryanmckergow rmckergow elabor8 elabor8
  2. 2. What we’re going to cover? 1.  Prioritising continuous improvement 2.  Formats to see the Return of the Retrospective 3.  Tips for facilitating awesome Retros
  3. 3. Priori.sing con.nuous improvement Returning to the Agile manifesto
  4. 4. Feel all too familiar?
  5. 5. Too busy to improve on this format? What worked well? What didn’t worked well? What’s puzzling me?
  6. 6. Why do we have Retrospec.ves? Continuous improvement
  7. 7. Returning to the Agile manifesto “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effec8ve, then tunes and adjusts its behaviour accordingly.”
  8. 8. A look at the Heart of Agile Developed by Alistair Cockburn hGp://
  9. 9. What do others say? - Most important prac.ce!
  10. 10. What’s your new year resolu.on?
  11. 11. Return of the New formats from a galaxy far, far away
  12. 12. Timeline
  13. 13. Timeline – In real life
  14. 14. Hot air balloon – Ropes & Fuels
  15. 15. Hot air balloon – In real life
  16. 16. past iteration the future strengths successes events
  17. 17. – In real life
  18. 18. Celebra.on Grid – Celebrate Learning!
  19. 19. Celebra.on Grid – Celebrate Learning! Check out the video that we missed watching today: hGps://
  20. 20. Celebra.on Grid – In real life
  21. 21. Make your own! Christmas Theme Retro Developed by Jay Hyett -
  22. 22. New Retro formats – Want more info? • • new-formats/ • • title=Retrospective_Plans • •
  23. 23. Tips to facilitate awesome Retrospec.ves
  24. 24. Prepara.on “In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.” Obi Wan Kenobi
  25. 25. Facilitate with intent
  26. 26. Engagement from everyone
  27. 27. Relentless focus on ac.ons
  28. 28. Distributed Retros
  29. 29. Return of the – Priori.sing con.nuous improvement 1 Remember why – Continuous improvement 2 Try new formats – So many to choose from 3 Facilitate your Retros with intent
  30. 30. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
  31. 31. Thank you Ryan McKergow ryanmckergow rmckergow elabor8 elabor8