location_city Toronto schedule Nov 6th 11:00 - 11:40 AM place Lake Simcoe

Do you dread going to work? Are interruptions from outside making progress difficult? Is improvement almost nil? Sprint Retrospectives are the tool to help with all of these issues, but what if they elicit frustrated groans and reluctance or, worse, resentment within your team? Mark will share tips on how to change all that. Sadly, the retrospective is often the most misunderstood and abused element of Scrum even though it's the perfect opportunity to get the results you want by improving team communication, collaboration, and morale, which eventually leads to building better products that, in turn, make customers happier.  Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the power (and fun!) of retrospectives, with activities and practical ideas of how to get out a boring rut and use them effectively.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

If I get a 40 minute slot, this will be a talk with a few interactive elements like a poll. If I get 60 minutes I will endeavour to make the session more interactive,

Learning Outcome

Learned some retrospective anti patterns.

Get some ideas on how to counter the worst of antipatterns.

Pointers on where to go for a much deeper dive

Target Audience

ScrumMasters, Coaches, Anyone tired of Crappy Retrospectives

Prerequisites for Attendees

Understand the Retrospectives are focused on team improvement

schedule Submitted 3 weeks ago

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