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Agile Retrospectives ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Agile Retrospectives are special meetings that take place at the end of a period of work--usually an iteration or software release.
In a retrospective, a team steps back, examines the way they work, analyzes, and identifies ways they can improve.
Agile Retrospectives stoke the engine of team improvement.
But too many retrospectives fail to deliver meaningful (or any) results.
Too often, retrospectives are boring, painful, a waste of time.
Why? ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
It doesn’t have to be that way.
A flexible framework to improve retrospectives. ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Set the Stage ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Gather Data ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Generate Insights ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Decide What to Do ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Close the Retrospective ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Some people worry these steps will take too long.
But leaving out a step undermines the purpose and effectiveness of the retrospective.
Leave out... ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Some (ineffective) retrospectives start in the middle, by asking the group to list what they did well, and what they should do differently.
“ What did we do well?” is a questions that asks about insights, in the absence of data.
“ What should we do differently?” is a questions that asks for a conclusion with neither data nor analysis.
So don’t skip a step, and don’t short change the retro.  1/2 hour is not enough time to get beneath the surface of most problems.
Every retrospective should be unique.
Choose a focus that reflects what’s going on for the team.
Identify what data will help the team sort through that issue.
Select activities that will enable all members of the team to participate, and think, learn, and decide together.
If you always use the same focus and activities, you’ll end up in a rut.  Switch it up.
Retrospectives can’t fix everything.
Retrospectives aren’t the place for individual performance feedback.
Retrospectives aren’t the answer for inadequate technical or collaboration skills.
Retrospectives may not correct faulty mental models of software development or of how organizations work.
Some issues require feedback, coaching, training.
Retrospectives do help teams think, learn, and decide together.
Retrospectives make time for teams consider ways to re-design their work and team culture.
Retrospectives help teams improve.  Over time, they help good teams become great teams. Over time, they help good teams become great teams.
To learn more: ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
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