schedule Mar 19th 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Jupiter 1

I had been sitting in a few team retrospectives and hearing the same old tired pattern of "what went well, what didn't, what can we improve". The teams were bored, I was bored, they were just doing mechanical Scrum. Retrospectives are such a powerful tool to drive continuous improvement, but what i was seeing was a stagnation and the true value of this event was being lost.

End of the Sprint was coming up so as the enterprise agile coach, I thought I'd provide some of my favourite patterns and ended up providing my 20 Scrum Masters with a playbook to accelerate and reinvigorate learning and improvement, retrospectives and ideas as well as links to where to find more.

Would love to share these patterns with you, discuss the pain points we were experiencing and how we were able to reinvigorate this event and improve overall quality of our delivery. It will be a workshop so would also love to hear your favourite patterns so we can share them with the group in this workshop and help inspire our teams to strive for activating real improvements.

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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

intro - why do we do retrospectives 2 mins

Pain points we were experiencing 5 mins

Key types of patterns we used 13 mins

What changed and improved once we reinvigorated this events for the teams

Share your favourite pattern with the group 10 mins

Conclusions 5 mins

Learning Outcome

Have some great patterns for retrospectives to use with your teams

Understand the importance of retrospectives as a key scrum event

Learning about what successes are possible with continuous improvement

Target Audience

scrum masters, agile coaches



schedule Submitted 2 months ago

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  • Tathagat Varma
    By Tathagat Varma  ~  2 months ago
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    Mia - thanks for your proposal. A few thoughts/questions:

    • 26 patterns is too many to cover in a relatively short session. I worry if you will just manage to intorduce them without going deep in any of them
    • I would expect most attendees to be aware of most of these patterns. A guidance on what works when might help on top of what we expect they already know.
    • It almost always helps in our conferences to share how a given situation was bad (what were the "pain metrics") and how did you go about turning it around, and what were the results (the "success metrics"). Can you share some thoughts on the same
    • Can you share a video from your past talks?
    • Mia Horrigan
      By Mia Horrigan  ~  2 months ago
      reply Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, 


      will adjust my proposal to include the feedback