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Retrospectives a view from the inside

  1. 1. Retrospectives A View From the Inside
  2. 2. Please save your questions (we’ll have time for them at the end)
  3. 3. What we hope you get out of this
  4. 4. Who Are We? Chris Gow Maria Kouras chris.gow@gmail.com maria.kouras@gmail.com twitter: @chris_gow twitter: @masha_q1
  5. 5. Where We Work
  6. 6. We’re part of the delivery team Awesomeness • • • We’re always there We know the hot issues The team is great
  7. 7. We’re part of the delivery team Awesomeness • • • We’re always there We know the hot issues The team is great Suckage • • • We’re always there Can’t play the games We can’t do it full time
  8. 8. Fly By the Seat of Our Pants Learning on the go • • • • Retrospectives book Websites & blogs Conferences Community
  9. 9. Smells
  10. 10. Smell: Crickets • • • • Uninteresting topics Large group Vocal few No warm up
  11. 11. Creating Conversations • • • Break up into small groups More ideas faster Bring back to whole group
  12. 12. Giving People Choices Open Space Technology • • Team owns the retrospective Minimal prep time http://www.openspaceworld.org/
  13. 13. Getting in the mood Warm up exercises • • • ESVP Focus on/Focus off Working agreements
  14. 14. Helping the Dialogue Happen • Ensure everyone has an opportunity to speak • Timebox conversations
  15. 15. Smell: When Nothing Gets Done You hear things like: “Its nice to talk, but I just feel like nothing ever gets done...” http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_jOnRUe-MOuI/SWxyaQX_iCI/AAAAAAAAAu0/U-CQcXQFeU/s400/To+do+pile.jpg “Whatever happened to the action items from the last one…?”
  16. 16. Its Not just a Kaffeeklatsch “Decide what to do” • • Action items Follow up sessions (RCA, other discussions) • Review action items at next retro
  17. 17. Smell: Same Ol’ Retrospectives ● Boring ● Lack of excitement ● Same format
  18. 18. Spicy Meatball • • Change it up! Play games http://tastycupcakes.org • How spicy was the retrospective?
  19. 19. Tips
  20. 20. Be Prepared Have a plan • • • Activities Time Materials
  21. 21. Managing Time • Time = activities + breaks + buffer • Give people heads up when they have X min left before activity end
  22. 22. Distractions Ask people not to bring • • • food phones laptops … i.e. ask them to BE there
  23. 23. The 5 Stages ● Set the Stage ● Gather Data ● Generate Insights ● Decide What To Do ● Close Esther Derby’s Slide show on how to have awesome retrospectives: http://www.slideshare.net/estherderby/agile-retrospectives-4976896
  24. 24. What We Talked About Smells Tips Crickets Be Prepared When Nothing Gets Done Manage Time Same Ol’ Retrospective Avoid Distractions
  25. 25. Your Questions
  26. 26. Retrospective
  27. 27. What is one thing I can apply to my retrospectives after attending this session?
  28. 28. Speedboat Exercise Time: 8 mins Sails: Things I learned/I could apply Anchors: Things I knew/Could be clearer
  29. 29. Generate Ideas Time: 5 min In your group of 4, using the sails from your sailboat think about things you can apply Apply
  30. 30. Decide What To Do Time: 2 min Pick one thing that you think you can apply
  31. 31. Thank You!

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