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Retrospective is a meeting held by a project team at the end of a project or process (often after an iteration) to discuss what was successful about the project or time period covered by that retrospective, what could be improved, and how to incorporate the successes and improvements in future ...

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Product Owner is requesting a “confidence check” for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

We're in a quite complex software engineering project with lots of unknowns due to new technologies involved that the Team has never applied nor have comparable experience. Due to these risks the ...
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Best method to conduct retrospective meeting for a MVP? [closed]

Scenario As we know, a Sprint Retrospective is a meeting held at the end of an iteration to evaluate the Scrum Team's performance, what happened in the iteration and identify actions for improvement ...
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How should we implement and keep track of recurring or intangible retrospective action items?

Our Product/Tech team has been transitioning towards Agile project management in the last year or so, and we hold daily standups, weekly planning meetings and biweekly retrospective meetings. We also ...
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Scrum Retrospective during holiday season

The question in short: how should we handle a scrum retrospective when the capacity of the team has been very low? Background We have a team of 6 people: 1 PO, 4 developers (of whom 1 part-time on ...
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What is an Agile “Reflection?”

I've been walking an Agile path since the days of XP - as a software developer, tech lead, IT manager, and scrum master/product owner/agile coach. Recently, I started work at a company that holds what ...
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Team needs a lot of time to deliver even the simplest stories- how to know why?

So, the problem, from the management perspective is that a Scrum Team delivers only the simplest stories within the whole Sprint. Literally, changing a button takes two weeks. The Team estimates ...
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What is meant by “inspect people” in Scrum retrospective guide?

Scrum Guide tells us to inspect people at retrospectives: http://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html#events-retro Inspect how the last Sprint went with regards to people, relationships, process, ...
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Toxic Retrospective in Agile Development

On my Team, we do a Retrospective after every Sprint. Usually it's very productive, and the Team discusses what went well, what could improve, and what action items we want to take from the meeting. ...
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Actions to improve Scrum Restrospective

Which actions could be done in the Retros (- or, how could I guide the Retro) to turn the ceremony more attractive to the Dev Team? Lately we've been just collecting what should be improved + what ...
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Retrospective - too many small and random problems. Death by a thousand needles

After reading some literature about retrospective and actions it is not clear to me what to do if team faces big variety of random and small issues during sprint, and these problems do not occur often....
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How to encourage more participation in web scrum meetings?

I have recently become scrum master for an established team that has been doing many parts of Scrum, but has not had a scrum master. The team is great team who does well and I have been trying hard to ...
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What should a team do in the Sprint Retrospective when everything is going well?

I'm currently helping out a team in the role of Scrum Master. Everything is running smoothly. The last couple of retros we had very little to talk about, and if there were issues we mostly agreed upon ...
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Scrum - Daily Standup, Demo, Retrospective - Mandatory? How?

I've got of an involved question, here. (Apologies if I provided too much unnecessary explanation; if so just skip to 'The Problem') First, let me explain... The Situation: We're a middling-size ...
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Should issues with individuals be called out in retrospectives?

A developer has repeatedly shown an unwillingness to co-operate with the team in a few ways: being passive aggressive, sometimes not creating stories/tasks for the work he is actively doing, ...
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Should all teams hold the same sprint retrospective?

I am the SM for two teams of 9 totalling 18 people and 20 including SM and PO. Half the team is at offshore so we are using Web conferences for our meetings. So my question is, should we hold ...
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How to make a retrospective focus on certain issues which I have already identified

My team has certain issues which I have already determined, namely: They are not pairing enough Their cycle time is very high They break timeboxed tasks The team is not splitting QA work equally, ...
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Retrospective: difference between gathering data and generating insights?

I am reading a book called Agile Retrospectives and the author suggests splitting retro's into 4 stages. Two of the stages seem so similar: Gathering Data and Gathering insights, seem the same as I ...
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Retrospectives with fewer “games”

After the first few retrospectives with a five-step structure and activities found at Retromat, I got the feedback that there's too much "playing", writing notes and post-its, rather than simply ...
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Should a Product Owner be present for all retrospectives?

We have a Scrum Team of a Product Owner and four developers (one of whom is Scrum Master), running one week sprints. As per Scrumguides.org (emphasis mine): The Sprint Retrospective is an ...
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Making Retrospectives Effective in a Long-Running Project

I'm a ScrumMaster for a software firm, and we have a project that is entering its 35th Sprint. While I appreciate the value of Retrospectives, it's becoming progressively more difficult to get good ...
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Is is right if a team member moans about a 'bad performance' in retrospective?

Is is right if a team member moans about a 'bad performance' of another team member in retrospective? In my understanding, teams will always look at the team performance, never on a single members ...
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How often and when should you change WIP limits?

I'm testing out Kanban on my research team and I think we're okay for now. We've visualized our workflow and set limits to the tasks. I'm using Kanban in Action for reference. I've set an initial WIP ...
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How to faciliate a retrospective for a group of Product Owners

I need to faciliate a retrospective for a bunch of product owners. I have a couple of ideas of how to run it but I would really like to get some input and ideas. Each product owner who is attending ...
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How to manage a situation when one team member doesn't want to participate in retrospectives?

Team works together for couple of months. They are somewhere between norming and performing phase. All team members are enthusiastic about their work and the product they work on. One of team members ...
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What are effective techniques for conducting retrospectives for a geographically-distributed team?

Our team is distributed across two cities in EST and one city in PST. We heavily use Hangouts, Google Docs and other collaboration tools. Most advice and techniques for conducting retrospectives are ...
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How do I facilitate a first time Agile retrospective?

I have never facilitated a retrospective before and I have been asked to facilitate one on Tuesday. I have ordered a book which is arriving tomorrow and I have been checking out various websites. I ...
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What is the difference between facilitating a retrospective and leading one?

I have been asked to facilitate a retrospective but I was specifically told not to lead the retrospective. What is the difference between leading a retrospective and facilitating a retrospective and ...
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Planning a quick retrospective

If we had a semi-crummy sprint with low velocity and little to show for it and don't want to inundate ourselves with scrum-related overhead, fully cognizant that something not-right happened, with ...
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What is a good plan for a retrospective to show its purpose?

Background & assumptions: the team has 4 developers + team lead some of them participated in retrospective meeting before, some didn't the team would like to start doing retrospectives and asked ...
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How to best conduct and document agile retrospective meetings?

I have worked in organisations that used either one of the following approaches during a retrospective meeting to gather feedback and reflect on how the agile team is doing and to explore ways to ...
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What do you mean by inspect relationships during sprint retrospective

One of the purpose of the Sprint Retrospective is to: "inspect how the last Sprint went with regards to people, relationships, process, and tools". What mean relationships?
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How to capture and document sprint retrospective results

My question: Is there a recommended format or a procedure or a check list for documenting the sprint retrospective? Not only the immediate outcomes (i.e. measures to be tried in the next sprint), ...
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Is retrospective a good place check the status previous retrospective action items?

Is retrospective a good place check the status previous retrospective action items? In my team we identify action items every retrospective; however I am not sure whether we should review them during ...
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What is a good format for Sprint retrospectives?

We are doing Sprint retrospectives with the entire team including the ScrumMaster and the Product Owner present. We have constructive discussion and good ideas are being generated. However, to improve ...
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What are the right conclusions to draw from the success or failure of a Sprint?

I recently encountered the opinion that, if a Sprint is successful due to statistical reasons (e.g. the team made big mistakes during planning but the team delivered its stories anyway), then that's ...
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How should we implement items from Sprint Retrospectives?

Every two weeks we have our Scrum retrospective meeting and everything seems to be great, because we are getting lots of ideas. However, the problem is that these ideas are almost never actually ...
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How can a team member moderate a retrospective?

In my organization, we decided to hold retrospectives. To be honest, this was a move facilitated by me, because I felt that we should improve our teamwork after a rise from two members in one office ...
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Agile methodology - How to have an effective sprint retrospective? [closed]

I am the scrum master in my scrum team. At the end of a sprint, we have a sprint retrospective, and we comment on what good things we noticed in the sprint. We also comment on the bad things and what ...
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Should Product Owner be present on all retrospectives?

As a scrum master I will join new development team. Some additional information about environment: The team works iteratively, but they don't do any retrospectives, Previous scrum master (I'd ...
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Should we allow people learning/considering SCRUM to our teams retro?

In our company we recently have more and more teams which consider using SCRUM. They want to learn/get a feel of it so looking how other teams work is very helpful. They'll be joining our daily ...
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Retrospective templates for implementations?

(Related question). I have recently landed myself a product engineer role. The software product is a server based product with a front end GUI in the browser. We have a number of clients, but the ...
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Transitioning Postmortem data after a project is done

One of the things I wish I did more often and better is follow through with the data collected during a Postmortem. I'm looking for input on "How do you ensure the postmortem data is followed up and ...