Stop complaining and start learning! Retrospectives that drive real change.

schedule Oct 16th 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM place Auditorium people 34 Attending

Good retrospectives (you know, the ones that actually lead to real change?) rest on three pillars:

  1. people,
  2. process, and
  3. follow-through

What makes retrospectives so difficult is that if any of these three pillars starts to crack, it's next to impossible to succeed. Ultimately, getting the right people in the room, utilizing a good process to facilitate the conversation, and following-through on the learning outcomes depend on having an organizational culture that encourages learning, transparency, feedback loops, and continuous improvement.

If this sounds like your company already, then great! This talk is not for you. For everyone else, join us to explore the current trends of employee engagement, how they overlap with agile retrospectives, and the true opportunity each team member has to improve the quality, speed, and outcome of their work. 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Set the Stage (5 min)

  • Opening $20 bill auction game (get the crowd interested)
  • Intro to your speaker
  • Setting expectations for the talk

Intro to employee engagement, and why it's usually broken (10 min)

  • What is employee engagement and why is it so important?
  • Why do traditional approaches to employee engagement fail?
  • What's the impact of low engagement at work?

The three pillars of retrospectives: People, Process, and Follow-Through (10 min)

  • Description of each pillar
  • Why each pillar is so critical to a successful retrospective
  • Why retrospectives so often fail, despite the three pillars

Connecting the dots. Retrospectives => Engagement => Continuous Improvement (15 min)

  • The heart of the talk. Creating links between retros, employee engagement, and continuous improvement. How organizational culture has a direct impact on successful retrospectives, and how successful retrospectives have an equally direct impact on organizational culture.
  • More practically, what can we do to encourage better retrospectives in a company which seems unable to actually improve? What's the relationship between this and employee happiness and engagement?

Closing (5 min)

  • Q&A

Learning Outcome

Specific questions will be answered around:

  • How to create a safe environment for brainstorming, collaboration, and retrospectives
  • How to balance personalities within the group
  • When anonymous feedback is necessary… and when it’s not
  • The role of ongoing feedback in continuous improvement
  • How breaking the mindset around retrospectives can positively impact the ongoing employee engagement crisis

You will also gain an understanding of the pitfalls of traditional employee engagement tactics and how to overcome challenges associated with these efforts by deploying agile retrospectives to create a safe, honest and productive environment for teams to deliver their best work.

Target Audience

scrum masters, agile coaches, managers, POs, and anyone else interested in continuous improvement

Prerequisite

None, other than an interest in truly effective retrospectives and continuous improvement

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