Retrospectives - Making good teams Great!

New knowledge emerges from experience. Agile retrospectives enable whole-team learning, act as catalysts for self-improvement and generate positive actions.

Retrospectives are the heart of the feedback loop that exists within Scrum that amplifies team learnings. Over the time retrospectives might lose their value if they are not done right. As a Scrum Master and Coaches we need to make them valuable for creating high performing teams.

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Outline/Structure of the Presentation

Quick exercise to start with (2 minutes)

Retrospective – Prime Directive & Purpose (3 minutes)

What is Retrospective? (5 minutes)

Introduce people to basics of retrospective

  • Why
  • When
  • Who
  • How Long
  • Input
  • Output

Know your audience to run effective retrospectives. (5 minutes)

Here I talk about the behaviours of attendees of the retrospective, categorize them in groups and how to handle groups.

Scrum Master – Why she is there? (5 minutes)

What role does the Scrum Master play in retrospective and share few examples of what he shouldn’t be doing?

Structure of an effective retrospective (5 minutes)

Introduce people to a simple way of structuring your retrospective proposed by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby.

Deep dive into the Structure (10 minutes)

Here I introduce people to ways of facilitating retrospectives

Retrospective Smells (5 minutes)

Share observations that show that retrospectives are failing. More importantly to understand why such behaviours?

Questions (5 minutes)

Learning Outcome

As a team member,

I want to learn the importance of retrospectives and how to carry out the actions

so that we get value out of it.

As a Scrum Master,

I want a toolbox of retrospectives to facilitate retrospectives effectively

so that they are no more boring and team is engaged effectively.

As a Product Owner,

I want to find ways of continuous improvement for a team,

So that the team gets towards a high performing team.

Target Audience

Does your team despise retrospective? Are they becoming boring, non-productive, and not considered useful anymore? Come and get few new ways and tricks under your sleeve that can bring team back on track!

Prerequisites for Attendees

None in particular

schedule Submitted 5 months ago

Public Feedback

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  • Peter Stevens
    By Peter Stevens  ~  4 months ago
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    This looks very solid. Nice slides. Have you considered submitting a workshop?

    • Rohit Arora
      By Rohit Arora  ~  4 months ago
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      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the encouraging feedback. I submitted as a talk but I am flexible and if the Program team thinks that it would be a better fit as a workshop than I can re-plan.

      A simulation can be done where each table represents a Scrum Team and they run through the retrospective on:

      • current sprint at work (picking up from someone who wants to share details of current sprint, context, etc...)
      • or may be how they found the regional gathering so far. 

      What changes would you like to see? Do you have any suggestions?



      • Peter Stevens
        By Peter Stevens  ~  4 months ago
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        No need to change anything for the moment.