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Agile in Winnipeg:.a retrospective

Steve Rogalsky
Steve Rogalsky
Steve RogalskyVice President Product Management at D2L

Since our first event in March of 2010 we have held over 40 sessions and brought people together to explore and develop how agile can help businesses in Winnipeg. After spreading all of that agile love and beauty, it begs the question: "Is it working?" So, to kick off the 2015/2016 Agile Winnipeg season, we'll conduct our first retrospective on agile in Winnipeg. We'll celebrate the areas of agile that are working well in Winnipeg, and also explore which areas we still struggle with. In this session, Steve will lead us all through a group retrospective. You'll experience how a retrospective can be run with a larger group, and also receive some tips for making your own retrospectives more effective. At the end of the session, we'll have created a prioritized list of actions for improving agile in Winnipeg.

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Agile in Winnipeg:
A Retrospective
???
1. Learn from each other – What are our
strengths? Struggles?
2. Learn some tips for conducting your
own retrospectives
Learning Outcomes
???
Step 0: Review the action
items from the last retro
Q. Did we do them?
Q. Are we a better team because of them?
Step 1: Set the tone
“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
Step 2: Gather Data
(positive data first!)
“What are the winds that are propelling you
and your teams forward?”
Step 2: Gather Data
(struggles second!)
“Let’s talk about anchors. What are the things
that are slowing you down?”
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Agile in Winnipeg:.a retrospective

  • 1. Agile in Winnipeg: A Retrospective ???
  • 2. 1. Learn from each other – What are our strengths? Struggles? 2. Learn some tips for conducting your own retrospectives Learning Outcomes ???
  • 3. Step 0: Review the action items from the last retro Q. Did we do them? Q. Are we a better team because of them?
  • 4. Step 1: Set the tone “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
  • 5. Step 2: Gather Data (positive data first!) “What are the winds that are propelling you and your teams forward?”
  • 6. Step 2: Gather Data (struggles second!) “Let’s talk about anchors. What are the things that are slowing you down?”
  • 7. Other questions you can ask: It was great because… Do Differently Do the same, Do more of Do less of, Start doing, Stop doing What have we learned? What experiments should we try? I’m thankful for I’m puzzled by…
  • 8. Other Techniques to try: - Speedboat (winds / anchors / goals/risks) - (we just did this) - #LeanCoffee - Remember the Future - SpiderWeb
  • 9. Step 3: Generate Insights For the prioritized items: “What ideas do you have for resolving those pains? Or increasing those gains?”
  • 10. Step 4: Decide what to do
  • 11. Step 4: Decide what to do (please don’t do all of them)
  • 12. Step 5: Close the retrospective
  • 13. Credits: - Agile Retrospectives:: Esther Derby and Diana Larsen http://www.amazon.ca/Agile-Retrospectives-Making- Teams-Great/dp/0977616649/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443039464&sr=8-1&keywords=agile+retrospectives - Picture: Chris Smith. http://leadingagileteams.com/2014/07/13/5-steps-to-an-effective-sprint-retrospective/ Summary
  • 15. Credits / Resources • Book: Agile Retrospectives by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen: • 5 Step picture by Chris Smith: http://leadingagileteams.com/2014/07/13/5-steps-to-an-effective- sprint-retrospective/ • Prime Directive: http://www.retrospectives.com/pages/retroPrimeDirective.html • Silent brainstorming: – http://winnipegagilist.blogspot.ca/2012/01/silent-brainstorming.html – http://www.slideshare.net/SteveRogalsky/silent-brainstorming-a- guide-to-using-postits – http://www.slideshare.net/SteveRogalsky/the-silence-of-agile • Other retrospective sources: – http://www.plans-for-retrospectives.com/ – http://retrospectivewiki.org/ – Lean Coffee: http://www.slideshare.net/SteveRogalsky/a-guide-to- lean-coffee