Scaled Retro’s: going against the rulebook

I feel like this isn’t my story to tell. I work with an amazing set of talented individuals in a start-up that literally started with 1 employee. 18 months in, we sit at approximately 150 team members across the group, and 100 within my brand alone. As we scale, so incredibly rapidly, we need to make sure we constantly review ourselves. Not just the business of best ways to make money, but also the best ways to keep our team, our processes and our culture alive and churning like a well-oiled machine. So, being an agile organisation, embodying what we teach our clients every day, we run our own ceremonies. The challenge we face is that as we grow, we need to make sure each individual has a voice and has opportunity to have that voice heard. This session is all about scaling retros for large groups, a real life approach to what we’ve done, what’s worked and what has.. not worked so well... from there we’re going to put our money where our mouth is and run a scaled retro on the LAST conference.


Outline/Structure of the Interactive

  • Our organisation

The structure, the design and the layout, it matters because it actually in a lot of ways reflects any organisations which are large, have acquisitions, smaller parts and larger parts, imbalances, poor communication in areas.

  • Our retros
  • Retro 1: the classic retro 20 people
  • Retro 2 & 3: 50 people
    • Situation problem: time limitations our solution time boxing
    • Retro actions from the previous retro
    • eNPS and gathering people’s mood on the night
  • Retro 4: 70 people
    • Situation problem: did an engagement survey, analysis paralysis
    • Non actionable actions
    • Interfered with org strategy
  • Retro 5: Next up. 100 people
    • Have we learnt from our mistakes?
    • Took the potential topics from mgt
    • Polled it with the team to select the top ones for the night
    • Timeboxing and only providing 1 action each
    • Framework of what that action needs to be limited to

We continually adapt as we grow,

  • Comparison of what we do to Less & Safe

Where we fail/they fail

Where we succeed/they succeed

  • Scaled retro of LAST

Learning Outcome

how to scale a retro for large groups

Target Audience

Business analysts, scrum masters

schedule Submitted 6 months ago

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  • Craig Brown
    By Craig Brown  ~  6 months ago
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    Not sure you'll get 100 people in the room. Let's see!