Your
Retrospective
Sucks!
...and what you can do about it
(Marc Löffler, @marcloeffler)
What do you
expect to take
home from this
session?
Retrospectives
Suck!
• Talking about the same things again and again

http://www.flickr.com/photos/djou/139156784
• Repetition

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeena/8723831952

Repetition
• No effect

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/3847233358

No effect
Elements
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hfiguiere/4802869688
First Element:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/leesean/5114553800
Second element:
More Fun
Third element:
System Thinking
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/5357658539
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kareneliot/2710464400
Hypothesis

http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/3384297473
Alternative
phase model
More Fun
Retrospective Cookies

retrospectivecookies.com
• Cookie Rezept

150 g
50 g
1 Prise
3 große
250 g
100 g
3 Tr.

Wheat flour
Almond, kibbled
Salt
Eggs, only the egg white
S...
Change
the
location
The power of metaphors
Benefits of using metaphors
• Thinking outside
of the box
• New, creative
ideas
• „Distance“ to
real events
• Fun!
Soccer Retrospective

http://www.flickr.com/photos/manusascorner/9479514795
What
soccer
terms come
into your
mind?
Imagine your
last sprint
was a
soccer
game of 90
minutes
Next steps…
• Game
Analysis
• Prepare for
the next
game
Pirate Retrospective

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joriel/3230590513
Pirate
Saber
Corsair
Treasure
Map
Eye patch
Treasure
Island
• To board
• Jolly Roger
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Preparation

Combat
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52518980@N00/1407558031

Navigation

Loot
Arming

Supplies

Ship

Enemy

Personell

Captain
Preparation

Combat

Navigation

Loot
System Thinking
Make them aware
of the system they
are in!
Systems thinking is the
process of
understanding how
things, regarded as
systems, influence one
another within a whole.
(h...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/benbeltran/216647711
Causal Loop Diagrams (CLD)
• Velocity Beispiel
Current Reality Tree (CRT)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52518980@N00/1407558031
The

ABIDE
Model
Attractors
Barriers
Identity
Diversity
Environment
Purpose

Fun

System Thinking
What about
your
hypotheses?
Questions?
Contact data

Marc Löffler
Email: marc.loeffler@spoonique.de
Web: http://www.scrumphony.com
Twitter: @marcloeffler
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Your retrospective suck!

  1. 1. Your Retrospective Sucks! ...and what you can do about it (Marc Löffler, @marcloeffler)
  2. 2. What do you expect to take home from this session?
  3. 3. Retrospectives Suck!
  4. 4. • Talking about the same things again and again http://www.flickr.com/photos/djou/139156784
  5. 5. • Repetition http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeena/8723831952 Repetition
  6. 6. • No effect http://www.flickr.com/photos/jstephenconn/3847233358 No effect
  7. 7. Elements http://www.flickr.com/photos/hfiguiere/4802869688
  8. 8. First Element: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leesean/5114553800
  9. 9. Second element: More Fun
  10. 10. Third element: System Thinking
  11. 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/5357658539
  12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kareneliot/2710464400
  13. 13. Hypothesis http://www.flickr.com/photos/epsos/3384297473
  14. 14. Alternative phase model
  15. 15. More Fun
  16. 16. Retrospective Cookies retrospectivecookies.com
  17. 17. • Cookie Rezept 150 g 50 g 1 Prise 3 große 250 g 100 g 3 Tr. Wheat flour Almond, kibbled Salt Eggs, only the egg white Sugar Butter, soft Bitter almond oil
  18. 18. Change the location
  19. 19. The power of metaphors
  20. 20. Benefits of using metaphors • Thinking outside of the box • New, creative ideas • „Distance“ to real events • Fun!
  21. 21. Soccer Retrospective http://www.flickr.com/photos/manusascorner/9479514795
  22. 22. What soccer terms come into your mind?
  23. 23. Imagine your last sprint was a soccer game of 90 minutes
  24. 24. Next steps… • Game Analysis • Prepare for the next game
  25. 25. Pirate Retrospective http://www.flickr.com/photos/joriel/3230590513
  26. 26. Pirate Saber Corsair Treasure Map Eye patch Treasure Island • To board • Jolly Roger • • • • • • •
  27. 27. Preparation Combat http://www.flickr.com/photos/52518980@N00/1407558031 Navigation Loot
  28. 28. Arming Supplies Ship Enemy Personell Captain
  29. 29. Preparation Combat Navigation Loot
  30. 30. System Thinking
  31. 31. Make them aware of the system they are in!
  32. 32. Systems thinking is the process of understanding how things, regarded as systems, influence one another within a whole. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systems_thinking)
  33. 33. http://www.flickr.com/photos/benbeltran/216647711
  34. 34. Causal Loop Diagrams (CLD)
  35. 35. • Velocity Beispiel
  36. 36. Current Reality Tree (CRT) http://www.flickr.com/photos/52518980@N00/1407558031
  37. 37. The ABIDE Model
  38. 38. Attractors Barriers Identity Diversity Environment
  39. 39. Purpose Fun System Thinking
  40. 40. What about your hypotheses?
  41. 41. Questions?
  42. 42. Contact data Marc Löffler Email: marc.loeffler@spoonique.de Web: http://www.scrumphony.com Twitter: @marcloeffler

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