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@ewebber
Welcome, take a seat
Introduce yourself to the people
at your table, talk about your last
standup or retrospective
Are your stand ups and
retrospectives really working?
Agile in the city Bristol 2016
Emily Webber
@ewebber
emilywebber.co....
@ewebber
Standups
@ewebber
Who has stand ups?
@ewebber
Keep your hand up

if they are working
really well for you
Why do you have stand ups?
@ewebber
Stand-ups are a mechanism to regularly
synchronise so that teams…
• share understanding of goals
• coordinate efforts
• sha...
@ewebber
Standup formats
• What did you do yesterday?
• What are you doing today?
• What is blocking you?
@ewebber
Scrum style stand up
@ewebber
Story C
Story E
Story G
Story D
Story B
Story H
Story I
Story A
Story F
Backlog In progress Done
Walking the wall
@ewebber
I need 5 volunteers
Answer the three scrum stand-up questions
• What did you do yesterday?
• What are you doing today?
• What is blocking you?...
What behaviours were they
demonstrating?
@ewebber
What are some other bad
behaviours you have seen at
standup?
@ewebber
@ewebber
Some tips to help with
effective stand ups
Think about your update in advance
@ewebber
Preparation
Don't talk about ALL the thingsPrioritisation
Talk to the team, no...
@ewebber
Retrospectives
@ewebber
Who has
retrospectives?
@ewebber
Keep your hand up

if they are working
really well for you
Why do you have 

retrospectives?
@ewebber
At regular intervals, the team reflects on
how to become more effective, then tunes
and adjusts its behavior accordingly
@ew...
@ewebber
What are some of your
challenges with retrospectives?
@ewebber
Retrospective
formats
@ewebber
4Ls
Liked / Learned
Lacked / Longed for
Start Stop
Continue
More of
Less of
@ewebber
Some tips to help
with effective 

retrospectives
@ewebber
PhotobySankarshanMukhopadhyay
Does your team feel
safe to talk?
• check ins
• safety checks
• individual and grou...
The Prime Directive
Regardless of what we discover, we
understand and truly believe that everyone
did the best job they co...
@ewebber
PhotobyAsimChaudhuri
Are you following up
on actions?
• are you prioritising?
• are they achievable?
• do they ha...
@ewebber
PhotobyThomasHawk
Are they varied,
interesting and useful?
• are they right for the situation
• do you change the...
@ewebber
Photobygomagoti
Are the right people in
the room?
• is the group small enough to
make decisions
• are the right p...
@ewebber
infoq.com/articles/rising-continuous-retrospective
What will you change
about your stand and
retrospectives?
@ewebber
Further reading
Retromat plans-for-retrospectives.com/index.html
Retrospective wiki retrospectivewiki.org
Agile Retrospect...
Thank you.
Emily Webber
@ewebber
emilywebber.co.uk / tacitlondon.com
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Are your stand ups and retrospectives really working?

  1. 1. @ewebber Welcome, take a seat Introduce yourself to the people at your table, talk about your last standup or retrospective
  2. 2. Are your stand ups and retrospectives really working? Agile in the city Bristol 2016 Emily Webber @ewebber emilywebber.co.uk / tacitlondon.com
  3. 3. @ewebber Standups
  4. 4. @ewebber Who has stand ups?
  5. 5. @ewebber Keep your hand up
 if they are working really well for you
  6. 6. Why do you have stand ups? @ewebber
  7. 7. Stand-ups are a mechanism to regularly synchronise so that teams… • share understanding of goals • coordinate efforts • share problems and improvements • identify as a team @ewebber martinfowler.com/articles/itsNotJustStandingUp.html
  8. 8. @ewebber Standup formats
  9. 9. • What did you do yesterday? • What are you doing today? • What is blocking you? @ewebber Scrum style stand up
  10. 10. @ewebber Story C Story E Story G Story D Story B Story H Story I Story A Story F Backlog In progress Done Walking the wall
  11. 11. @ewebber I need 5 volunteers
  12. 12. Answer the three scrum stand-up questions • What did you do yesterday? • What are you doing today? • What is blocking you? @ewebber
  13. 13. What behaviours were they demonstrating? @ewebber
  14. 14. What are some other bad behaviours you have seen at standup? @ewebber
  15. 15. @ewebber Some tips to help with effective stand ups
  16. 16. Think about your update in advance @ewebber Preparation Don't talk about ALL the thingsPrioritisation Talk to the team, not to the leaderPeople Raise issues and help each otherProblems The 4 P’s of effective stands-ups
  17. 17. @ewebber Retrospectives
  18. 18. @ewebber Who has retrospectives?
  19. 19. @ewebber Keep your hand up
 if they are working really well for you
  20. 20. Why do you have 
 retrospectives? @ewebber
  21. 21. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly @ewebber agilemanifesto.org/principles.html
  22. 22. @ewebber What are some of your challenges with retrospectives?
  23. 23. @ewebber Retrospective formats
  24. 24. @ewebber 4Ls Liked / Learned Lacked / Longed for Start Stop Continue More of Less of
  25. 25. @ewebber Some tips to help with effective 
 retrospectives
  26. 26. @ewebber PhotobySankarshanMukhopadhyay Does your team feel safe to talk? • check ins • safety checks • individual and group activities e.g. one to ones, quite time
  27. 27. The Prime Directive Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand -- Norm Kerth @ewebber
  28. 28. @ewebber PhotobyAsimChaudhuri Are you following up on actions? • are you prioritising? • are they achievable? • do they have owners? • are they on your board?
  29. 29. @ewebber PhotobyThomasHawk Are they varied, interesting and useful? • are they right for the situation • do you change them often enough? • do you vary when they happen? • do they have positive as well as negative points? • do you ask if they are working?
  30. 30. @ewebber Photobygomagoti Are the right people in the room? • is the group small enough to make decisions • are the right people in the room to make decisions
  31. 31. @ewebber infoq.com/articles/rising-continuous-retrospective
  32. 32. What will you change about your stand and retrospectives? @ewebber
  33. 33. Further reading Retromat plans-for-retrospectives.com/index.html Retrospective wiki retrospectivewiki.org Agile Retrospectives Making good teams great Diana Larsen and Esther Derby Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders Fun Retrospectives Taina Caetano, Paulo Caroli and Glauber Ramos Fifty Quick Ideas To Improve Your Retrospectives Ben Williams and Tom Roden The Retrospective Handbook Patrick Kua Agile Retrospective Kickstarter Alexey Krivitsky Retrospectives for Organizational Change Jutta Eckstein @ewebber
  34. 34. Thank you. Emily Webber @ewebber emilywebber.co.uk / tacitlondon.com

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