How To Design Your Own Retrospective

“At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.” -Agile Principle 12

The era of the dot com brought with it torrential swirl in the business and technology world and influenced how organizations perceived ‘Time to Market’ for delivering products. Since then, every organization’s need to inspect and adapt regularly in short intervals has become imperative more than ever in order to stay competitive in the market. The empirical nature of Agile features frequent inspection to help individuals and teams adapt to constant change and establish a sustainable pace of delivering complex products. Attend this session to realize the impact of ‘Retrospectives’ through real world examples and discover innovative ways to design your own retrospective along with a few techniques formulated to foster critical thinking and innovation for continuous improvement.

This topic has been presented on multiple occasions to large audiences (avg. size 100 - 150) at several Fortune 500 organizations including State Street, Freddie Mac, AIG, Capital One , Lowe’s and Agile user groups including Agile Professionals, Sterling, VA.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Given below is the session outline.

  • Introduction (5 min)
  • The real world impact of Retrospectives (10 min)
  • The essentials of designing an effective Retrospective (10 min)
  • Retrospective Techniques – ESVP, The M&Ms, Never Again List, Surveymonkey (10 mins)
  • Q&A (10 min)

Learning Outcome

  • Realize the impact of retrospectives on individuals and teams.
  • Walk away with three techniques for effective retrospectives.
  • Walk away with a cheat sheet to design your own retrospective

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Project Managers, Leadership, Facilitators, Coaches, Agile team members (Business Analysts, Testers, Developers, Designers)

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