How to continuously improve your team dynamics using Retrospectives?
One of the key constructs of Agile is imbibing the 'Kaizen' model of continuous improvement and customize it for the product side of the delivery and the process side of team environment. The best part of Agile is using 'Retrospectives' at its core where teams use the formal meeting to understand what can be done better and what we are doing well.
This session is to harness other ways of conducting or facilitating retrospectives that would make it even more engaging and deepen the sense of purpose along with the relationship established with the team.
First one would be to use Johari Window's construct to widen the shared understanding and reduce the blindspots for not only the team members individually but reduce the vulnerabilities within the team.
Second one is to use Futurespectives to set a vision for the product/program using design thinking tools and elevate the understanding of the goals and objectives in order to bring alignment between business, IT and operations stakeholders.
Third part of the workshop would be to identify anti-patterns in agile practices and how to smell the first whiff and nip those practices quickly. This would be done using retrospective as a tool to identify the root cause for anti-patterns
Outline/structure of the Session
All the three exercises would use the structure of understanding how to use the tool, practical tips to use them and participants would be given a few scenarios in the public domain and expect to apply the techniques.
Detailing only Johari Window for ease of understanding. At the beginning of the session ask the groups to divide themselves in a group of 8 each
Johari Window is psychologist's powerful tool to get a window within the thought process. To bring the same model into a retrospective, there are several forms it which it can be run.
A. Identify a phrase that they can easily align with. And they could explain the reasoning for it <-- All team members identify for each other also.
B. Qualitatively talk through the strengths and weakness at individual, team and product level from each team members needs
Present a project situation and ask each group using the given Johari Window Retro tool kit to provide their thoughts and ask one of the team members to summarize in the end.
Following are the learning outcomes
1. Provide a sense of clarity of what is the purpose of doing retrospective
2. Help all the participants to be geared with the knowledge of various techniques that can be applied
3. Only way we can change is by improving our product, process, team and self. Reflect on which is the main focus on each retrospective session and make the most use of this session in their Agile DAY.
Agile practitioners, Business Analysts, Product Owners, Development managers, Leaders
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