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Achieving the Goal of a Retrospective

by Joe Little, 19 July 2013 | The Agile Blogosphere

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Some teams seem to approach Retrospectives without a real drive to succeed.  Or so it seems.  They just use it to ‘talk’.  About the ‘good, the bad, the ugly’ as I sometimes tease.


Now, talking can be helpful.  Still, we can usually do better than this.


What is the goal of a Retrospective?  Well, I think it should be to seriously improve the Team.


Sometimes, to help them have more fun. And other times to become –‘more productive’ is the usual phrase.  And becoming more productive should be a point of pride for the Team.  That they are good, and they are always getting better.  And that mere fact should be part of what makes them happy.


How do we mean more productive?  Well, I am ok with two ideas about this.  One: we are delivering more business value. Or,  two:  that our velocity has increased (and not by working harder or longer).


So, how do we make this happen?


Well, there is no end of ideas about the details of the Retrospective.  And we need o have many ideas.  Because we need to be creative about improving ourselves.


But let me suggest two basics.



  1. Starting Stuff

  2. Attacking one impediment


By ‘starting stuff’ I mean something fairly brief.  Let’s sat about 15 minutes.  And this section might include the following (or not, if already done or done elsewhere).

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