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The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives (DCSUG)

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Slides from the DC Scrum User Group event on 4/25/2016 titled, "The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives" by David Horowitz.

http://www.meetup.com/DC-Scrum/events/228807928/

Retrospectives are the core of agility. And yet they are often the scrum ceremony that is most frequently skipped. Many teams like the idea of the retrospective but find them boring, or worse ineffective.

Join Retrium CEO and Co-Founder David Horowitz as he reveals seven secrets that lead to effective retrospectives. You'll learn:* The best way to ensure your retrospectives lead to real change* The "pledge" everyone on your team must take before participating* How to know who to include in each retrospective* The single most important thing you can do to keep your team engaged during the retro* And much, much more!

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The 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Retrospectives (DCSUG)

  1. 1. THE 7 SECRETS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE RETROSPECTIVES Hello DCSCUG! David Horowitz Retrium CEO & Co-Founder April 25, 2016
  2. 2. EXPERIMENT let's run a little
  3. 3. DAVID HOROWITZ Ex-Big Company Guy Ex-Wharton Retrium CEO & Co-Founder "Recovering" software dev Father of two little ones
  4. 4. Why retrospect?
  5. 5. Retrospectives: The Basics Larsen, Diana and Derby, Esther. Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, 2006. Print.
  6. 6. SECRET #1 "PROBLEMS CAN BECOME OPPORTUNITIES WHEN THE RIGHT PEOPLE COME TOGETHER." ­ Robert South
  7. 7. we can fix anything...
  8. 8. Out of our control "The Soup" Zone of influence Zone of control Circles and Soup Idea by Diana Larsen
  9. 9. SECRET #2 "ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE. TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH. ­ Helen Keller
  10. 10. Photo credit: CC Chapman via VisualHunt CC BY_NC_NDPhoto credit: Myles! via Visual Hunt CC BY­NC­SA Photo credit: stefan.erschwendner via Visual Hunt CC BY “If Dante rewrote the inferno, I’m pretty sure the first circle would be conference calls.” ­ Umair Haque
  11. 11. EVERYONE if one person is remote... is remote
  12. 12. Tools won't make remote work easy. But they are needed to make it effective.
  13. 13. SECRET #3 "STRENGTH AND GROWTH COME ONLY THROUGH CONTINUOUS EFFORT AND STRUGGLE." ­ Napoleon Hill
  14. 14. Alternative#1:TheContinuousRetrospective Photo credit: Rachel Davies
  15. 15. Alternative#2:ThePersonalRetrospective Photo credit: Cara Turner http://facilitatingagility.com/tag/personal­retrospective/
  16. 16. Alternative#3:TheFuturespective Photo credit: chaiNisse via VisualHunt.com / CC BY­ND
  17. 17. SECRET #4 "LIFE IS AN EXPERIMENT IN WHICH YOU MAY FAIL OR SUCCEED. EXPLORE MORE, EXPECT LEAST." ­ Santosh Kalwar
  18. 18. RETROSPECTIVES AS EXPERIMENTS We hypothesize by <implementing this change> We will <solve this problem> Which will have <these benefits> As measured by <this measurement>
  19. 19. SECRET #5 "IF YOU CHOOSE TWO RABBITS, BOTH WILL ESCAPE" ­ Unknown
  20. 20. Photo credit: JoePhilipson via Visualhunt.com / CC BY­NC­SA
  21. 21. SECRET #6 "SOMEWHERE IN THIS SMALL WORLD, YOU CAN FIND A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE APPRECIATES YOU MORE THAN YOU THINK YOU DESERVE." ­ M.F. Moonzajer
  22. 22. Photo credit: symphony of love via VisualHunt / CC BY
  23. 23. SECRET #7 "A TEAM IS NOT A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORK TOGETHER. A TEAM IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO TRUST EACH OTHER." ­ Simon Sinek
  24. 24. R E T R O S P E C T I V E P R I M E D I R E C T I V E " R e g a r d l e s s o f w h a t w e d i s c o v e r , w e u n d e r s t a n d a n d t r u l y b e l i e v e t h a t e v e r y o n e d i d t h e b e s t j o b t h e y c o u l d , g i v e n w h a t t h e y k n e w a t t h e t i m e , t h e i r s k i l l s a n d a b i l i t i e s , t h e r e s o u r c e s a v a i l a b l e , a n d t h e s i t u a t i o n a t h a n d . " Norm Kerth http://www.retrospectives.com/pages/retroPrimeDirective.html
  25. 25. It's hard to run a good retrospective. That's why we asked 21 agile experts: "What's the #1 thing you do to make your retrospectives successful?" Download the free e-book http://retrium.com/ebook/become-a-retrospective-rockstar OR https://goo.gl/EpYolq
  26. 26. Q&A give me what you've got!

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