Deep dive into RETROSPECTIVES- how do we break the usual norms so that these reflections could be made thought-provoking ones!
Retrospectives are the primary learning, reflection and readjustment techniques on agile projects. A good Agile team is always striving to become better than before. And an effective retrospective enables the team to sieze its opportunity to improve!
Retrospectives enable whole-team learning, act as catalysts for change, and generate action.
R-> Realize where you are and where you want to be
E-> Engage the teams in fruitful discussions
T-> Team work to build “We over I” attitude
R-> Relish the power of Inspect and Adapt cycles
O->Openness and Transparency to make retrospectives efficient and effective
In my view, this is not any new concept or a jargon the team needs to really master, but yes in reality sometimes it becomes challenging to keep the momentum lively all times! Over a period of time, we see these symptoms in a retrospective.
R-> Repeated issues pop-up
E-> Engrossing & Engaging discussions are missing
T-> Team present virtually, loses trust.
R-> Routine stuff, nothing interests the teams.
O->Observably gets boring over time.
To catalyse conversations among team members, retrospectives need to be viewed from a different perspective. This presentaion talks about why the retrospectives efficacy fades off over a period of time and then talks about some very interesting techniques that I used with the teams to make these meetings lively! Teams need to do out-of-box thinking and appreciate that these short gatherings need not be done only by using the techniques or methods prescribed in the book but could be done by quoting some situational specific examples that would make the teams really think and speak!
Outline/structure of the Session
- 10 min - Talk about few key retrospective techniques-Fly High, Team Yann, Team Journey, Focus Focus etc that I have used, I would explain the situation that I was posed with and what made me come up with that specific idea/technique for doing the retrospective. Give an option to the audience if they would like to select any of them specifically to practice.
- 45 min- exercise, Divide the audience into groups and do an actual retrospective and present.
- 5 min -Q&A
The intent of this session is to generate a thought process among the auidence to come up with their own situational specific ways for holding these meetings.
Take away: Toolkit of retrospective techniques that can be used at work place. (not there in the book)
Learn some key tips of how a retrospective can be done effectively, by practicing them in the worshop.
Scrum practitioners wanting to learn effective techniques to make the inspect and adapt cycles effective!
Couple of flip charts
Blue tape to stick charts on the wall.
Cluster table seating arrangement.
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