Big O of RetrO - Retry Out of the box !!

Retrospective is the heart of scrum and agile world. We need to ensure this heart is well connected to other parts and functioning well. Getting the right amount of inputs and making sure with the right outcomes. This workshop will be an eye opener to understand anti patterns of retrospective. It will be more of a hands-on exercise for all the attendees based on our experiments which we have conducted got benefited. Will help to practice an effective retrospective which enables the team to seize opportunities to improve. Retrospectives can become monotonous and boring over time and so they become ineffective. We need to bring something new, fun, or exciting to the retrospective to make it lively.

This workshop will lead a way as a food for thought for scrum practitioners. Why it is important to ensure that each team member is comfortable participating and sharing thoughts and ideas requires that the Retrospective be conducted with an atmosphere of respect, honesty and positivity. Retro facilitator who contributes structure and process to a Retrospective to help the Scrum Team identify and bring about an outcome that is consistent with the Team’s objectives.

Will also cover the aspect as how a Retrospective lacking a Facilitator will suffer problems similar to a team-based sporting event lacking a referee. Retrospective should be facilitated in a healthy and fun way, team level engagement should be taken on priority. Retro outcome apart from the action items team should look forward to participate and leave a mark.

Successful retrospection responsibility who ensure, is it team or scrum master or both? Together teams need to think outside the box when approaching Sprint Retrospectives and appreciate that these short gatherings need not to be done only by using the usual techniques or methods. Instead they can bring their own ingenuity, knowledge, and experiences to the table to create games or to start meaningful discussions that the team drives.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  • Setting the context
  • Prime directive
  • Our case study: Why of the session
  • Ice breaking: Energizer: Good meeting starter
  • Check-in: Gauging the participants frame of mind and how they feel about the context. Reflection, Is that you?
  • Problem discovery exercise
  • Main course: The main course is the core of a meeting that seeks to foster continuous improvement. It is composed of one or more activities. Activities will be individual and team exercise which is practiced and curated for this workshop.
  • Filtering: After the main course, will be having lot of data in front of us. This is important to filter, isn’t it?
  • What next?: The meeting is almost over. The team had a great discussion and generated many insights. Perhaps the activities have resulted in a few actionable items. This list of “next steps” is the last step in our meeting agenda. There are no formulae or specific activities for it. We recommend that the whole group talk openly about what’s next for the team. What will they do with the findings from the meeting?

Learning Outcome

We will use the actual work and life experiences to innovate new ways of making the Sprint Retrospective fun and engaging, in addition to educational and transformative. The intent of sharing the games and techniques is this workshop is to help our fellow practitioners to get their juices flowing so they can come up with their own ways to have more effective Sprint Retrospectives. We would be glad to hear from audience who have tried anything different that has worked out for their teams and retrospectives.

We will ensure after the session you will have different flavors, perspective of the retrospective. Will help you to curate your own fun and engaging retrospective methods based on your experience.

Target Audience

Scrum Masters, Agile coaches, Aspiring Agilists, learners and developers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Let's makes this workshop an effective team gathering to learn and find solutions to improve the way of working by following means -

- Come out of “I know everything”, “all is well” syndrome

- Be Open and Honest

- Ask questions with focus on discovery and learning

- Participate fully in activities

- Share experiences

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