Building Team Backlogs to unleash    the power of retrospectives        Experience report               by   Bhuwan Lodha ...
We are here to share our    experiences on building    team backlogs    And making retrospective sessions    enjoyable and...
ONE WORD    Give us the ONE WORD that comes to your    mind about retrospectives (in your teams)2
Watch video at https://vimeo.com/495894463
Most of us understand the IMPORTANCE of retrospectives…          So what’s missing?4
So here is our take on the key    challenges..    1. Recipe is unclear    2. Spice is missing    3. Is the Kitchen right?6
Challenge #1 – Unclear Recipe7    No clear framework for retrospectives
Introducing a new framework                                Choose your style       Team       Backlog                     ...
Build a team backlog for a great team     Retro #   Priority   Action Item                 Owner      Status       Effort ...
Measuring impact:                                                                      Great                     Team’s jo...
Working with a team backlog     Who owns the backlog     Team backlog is owned by somebody on the team or a scrum master  ...
Working with the team backlog     Play it like a game     Start early and set rhythm     Have clear roles, who is doing wh...
Working with the team backlogThe 5 Whys technique to get clear action items       Flurry of leaked bugs                   ...
Challenge #2               We do it the same way.. over and over again       SPICE is missing…14
Here are a few MASALA references      I hate.. I love..      Rate yourself      Happiness meter      Hey, Stranger!      F...
IHate.. I Love..       Text      Suitable for teams that have a lot of emotions      which do not come out in traditiona...
Rate Yourself       Text      Suitable for teams which are complacent and      need to define the next level17
What did I learn?      Text      Suitable for teams which are too involved in the      project work. Need to get the spi...
Focus Focus Focus      Text      Suitable for teams which need to focus deeper      on certain topics (For      example,...
What’s your favorite flavor?20
Challenge #3     The RIGHT Kitchen     Retrospectives do not fly far unless     the organization nurtures a culture     th...
All this works because we have     teams with motivated     individuals, wanting to take on a     journey from being Good ...
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Building 'Team Backlog' to unleash the power of retrospectives

  1. 1. Building Team Backlogs to unleash the power of retrospectives Experience report by Bhuwan Lodha | Kanchan Khera @bhuwan | @k_khera
  2. 2. We are here to share our experiences on building team backlogs And making retrospective sessions enjoyable and effective And would love to learn from your experiences as well…1
  3. 3. ONE WORD Give us the ONE WORD that comes to your mind about retrospectives (in your teams)2
  4. 4. Watch video at https://vimeo.com/495894463
  5. 5. Most of us understand the IMPORTANCE of retrospectives… So what’s missing?4
  6. 6. So here is our take on the key challenges.. 1. Recipe is unclear 2. Spice is missing 3. Is the Kitchen right?6
  7. 7. Challenge #1 – Unclear Recipe7 No clear framework for retrospectives
  8. 8. Introducing a new framework Choose your style Team Backlog Great Team Action items Continuous Improvement8
  9. 9. Build a team backlog for a great team Retro # Priority Action Item Owner Status Effort Impact Impact # sprint 1 1 Setup build monitor Rahul Impediment Large Medium (8 pts) 1 2 Block weekly standing Veena Pending Small Large time with sponsor team (12 pts) 1 3 Complete first 4hr Rahul, Done Large Large Sprint 3 training session on Pete (12 pts) Selenium 2 4 Get better headset for Biju Done Medium Medium Sprint 3 Veena (5 pts) 1 5 Set up leave calendar for Abhishek Done Small Medium Sprint 4 the team (5pts) 2 6 Have team lunch Rahul Pending Small Medium (5 pts)9 Average velocity of impact : (12+5+5)/2=11
  10. 10. Measuring impact: Great Team’s journey from Good to Great 25 20 15 10 Impact 5 Good 0 Sprint 1 Sprint 2 Sprint 3 Sprint 4 Sprint 5 Sprint 610
  11. 11. Working with a team backlog Who owns the backlog Team backlog is owned by somebody on the team or a scrum master - keeps track of progress - helps team steer action items to closure - helps team prioritize Leveraging Retrospectives - Every retro has first 5 min dedicated to talk about the action items - And last 5 min to plan and prioritize on next action items identified11
  12. 12. Working with the team backlog Play it like a game Start early and set rhythm Have clear roles, who is doing what Make rules (sample) - No Laptops - No two retrospectives sound the same - Only on Fridays - On Time or Ice Cream12
  13. 13. Working with the team backlogThe 5 Whys technique to get clear action items Flurry of leaked bugs Technical issue Very little automation testing Lack of skills (selenium) Lack of training for Selenium No one talks about trainings Manager does not believe in trainings People issue13
  14. 14. Challenge #2 We do it the same way.. over and over again SPICE is missing…14
  15. 15. Here are a few MASALA references I hate.. I love.. Rate yourself Happiness meter Hey, Stranger! Focus Focus Focus ! Appreciation only What did I learn? The Big Picture15 Is this our best?
  16. 16. IHate.. I Love.. Text  Suitable for teams that have a lot of emotions which do not come out in traditional retro sessions16
  17. 17. Rate Yourself  Text  Suitable for teams which are complacent and need to define the next level17
  18. 18. What did I learn?  Text  Suitable for teams which are too involved in the project work. Need to get the spirit of learning imbibed18
  19. 19. Focus Focus Focus  Text  Suitable for teams which need to focus deeper on certain topics (For example, testing, collaboration etc.)19
  20. 20. What’s your favorite flavor?20
  21. 21. Challenge #3 The RIGHT Kitchen Retrospectives do not fly far unless the organization nurtures a culture that supports them21
  22. 22. All this works because we have teams with motivated individuals, wanting to take on a journey from being Good to GREAT… THANK YOU… bhuwan_lodha@mckinsey.com kanchan_khera@mckinsey.com22

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