Agile Retrospectives: Why Bother?
Retrospectives in Scrum (called "reflections" in eXtreme Programming) are a key agile practice. The mechanics of a retrospective—a meeting through which the team assesses its performance and sets goals for improvement—are fairly straightforward. There are many ways to tailor and improve a retrospective, but this simple Plus/Delta-inspired format is a good start:
- Arrange for a neutral facilitator to run the retrospective.
- All project team members sit in a large conference room, preferably in a circle.
- All participants follow simple ground rules (cell phones off, no interrupting others, each person gets a time-limited turn, and no judgment on feedback).
- Each team member provides feedback on these questions: What’s working well? What can we improve? What are some obstacles or issues...read more
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