Ben Linders said: "if you want to solve the problems that you are having, and deliver more value to your customers, you have to change the way you do your work. That is why agile promotes the usage of retrospectives: To help teams to solve problems and improve themselves!" 

In this workshop, I will walk you through the reasons, concepts, phases, tips and tricks of behind the scenes of retrospectives, in a practical, engaging, fun and interactive manner.

Are you ready for the challenge?  

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Intro

Section one (The Why):

- Context

Section two (The What):

-  What about it? What it takes? What we need to make them stick?

- Phases of an agile retrospective

Section three (The How):

- Designing + Prepare

- Running an agile retrospective

- Documenting + sharing

- Inspecting + adapting

Outro

Learning Outcome

1) What an agile retrospective is all about

2) A model or two to design and prepare retrospectives

3) One or two techniques to facilitate retrospectives with teams

4) One or two ways about running retrospectives with teams

5) One model or two to help you document and share the

6) Tones of questions and a lot of curiosity about the subject

Target Audience

Lean/Agile practitioners

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