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Is it a good idea to show a 'story points by developer' graph at retrospectives?

TLDR: The team should be a team. We are not 'shamed' [...] developers don't want to look bad See the problem here? Whether or not your developers are being 'shamed', your developers are afraid of ...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

It sounds like you have team members from high power distance cultures. People may not speak up when the boss is in the room because their values require them to listen and follow, not to advise or ...
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Manager no longer invited to the retrospectives

This is a tough situation. Since the manager does work with the team on the delivery of product Increments, the manager is a member of the Development Team. Because of this, the manager should be a ...
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Should I ask my boss not to come to retrospectives?

Analysis There is a chilling effect when he is here. Am I overreacting? Should I just try to build up the confidence of the team? or should I ban my boss from the retrospective? In my experience, ...
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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?

There is nothing wrong with this type of scoring. This type of customer confidence score is the same general idea as NPS and a multitude of other score. Whether or not it is healthy is largely ...
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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?

Do other companies do this? Is it considered Agile? Can it show real insight? No. No. No. Why not? Because it's completely pointless. You said you have sprints. I guess they have tickets or stories ...
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Agile Retrospective: Comments Anonymous?

The retrospectives I facilitate are not anonymous. If a team member asked me to allow anonymous comments I would certainly do so. I would then try and investigate why psychological safety was so low ...
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Should a Product Owner be present for all retrospectives?

Ideally the Product Owner will be present and will find the retrospective both interesting and rewarding. However, if the Product Owner does not see their value in technical conversations then there ...
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Product Owner is requesting a "confidence check" for reaching the MVP - How to in a Scrum project?

While such a confidence check is nothing that you'd read about in Scrum Guide I don't see it as something that violates Scrum in any way. It is, in fact, answering a different question: the one about ...
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Manager no longer invited to the retrospectives

There are two things to comment on here: Can the Scrum Master exclude somebody from a Scrum ceremony? Should the Scrum Master exclude somebody from a Scrum ceremony? On the first question, a Scrum ...
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Is it a good idea to show a 'story points by developer' graph at retrospectives?

TL;DR Your organization is fundamentally misusing the story point metric, and also conflating story points with velocity (which is also being misused). Please stop doing those things before you ...
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What should a team do in the Sprint Retrospective when everything is going well?

Retrospectives: For Continuous Improvement The misunderstanding of the retrospective as a place to fix problems is very common. However, the goal of the retrospective isn't just to discuss problems; ...
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No retrospectives in software company - Is this a bad sign?

TL;DR: Maybe you're having a XY problem. Retros are a tool for a means, not a means in itself. As yourself: Why are you asking around if the team has retros? Chances are, this question is a shortcut ...
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Daily Standup, Demo, Retrospective - Mandatory? How?

There are two parts to the Scrum Master role: Helping the team to resolve impediments Ensuring that Scrum is being followed The second part often gets neglected, but it is very important. If the ...
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Team needs a lot of time to deliver even the simplest stories- how to know why?

...a lot of time to deliver even the simplest stories Only the development team knows what constitutes a simple story. The time it takes to deliver a story depends on a lot of factors, including: ...
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Manager no longer invited to the retrospectives

If this manager is part of the team and codes and completes tickets in the team's sprint, then he needs to be at the retrospective meetings. Your Scrum Master screwed this one up by uninviting him. ...
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Retrospective - too many small and random problems. Death by a thousand needles

Technical Debt is Often Invisible The problem with technical debt isn't just that it's there. The bigger problem with such debt is that it becomes a "missing stair" that everyone steps around and ...
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What is meant by "inspect people" in Scrum retrospective guide?

The key with retrospectives is to focus on potential improvements, not on problems. As you rightly say, "John was not performing well during the sprint" is not great language. However, the team might ...
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How should we implement and keep track of recurring or intangible retrospective action items?

What I find an effective way to keep those kinds of "behaviour change" actions under the attention of the team is to hang them next to the kanban board, large enough that they can be read from a ...
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How do you make the Teams Retrospective Actions visible and ensure they get attention throughout the Sprint?

Retrospective actions are a vital part of the Sprint work, so they should be agreed with PO and tracked as such. You mentioned you use a Kanban board. Why not tracking each action as an item in the ...
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Is it a good idea to show a 'story points by developer' graph at retrospectives?

I worked in an organisation some years back that decided to try and do performance reviews based on the number of story points delivered by individual developers. It was a complete disaster: the ...
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As a Scrum Master, how to speak to a developer about his delays?

Any suggestions ? I'm sure there is an official Scrum answer and a project management answer. This is a common sense workplace answer: Don't bother. That person is out of the door. They are there ...
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Making Retrospectives Effective in a Long-Running Project

There are several things that you can do to spice up your retrospectives and keep getting value out of them: Have somebody else facilitate the retrospective. E.g. a team members, Scrum master from ...
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"Dead horse" topics banned at sprint retrospectives, is this good practice - why or why not?

Is this a standard or good practice in facilitating a retro to 'censor' known issues like this? Yes and no. I feel it's wrong to censor anything, especially talking about impediments at a ...
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Quicker Retrospectives? They are taking longer and are less effective now we are working from home because of COVID

The first item in the Agile Manifesto is: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Your question lists a bunch of tools and asks about more tools, some that are more flexible to use ...
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How to make a retrospective focus on certain issues which I have already identified

Remember that the goal of an agile team is to be self organising. To achieve this they have to have the opportunity to identify their own faults and come up with their own solutions. It can be very ...
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Should issues with individuals be called out in retrospectives?

Go with Mantra: "Praise in public. Criticize in private" In retrospection, concentrate on processes rather than individuals.
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Retrospectives with fewer "games"

First of all it's a good sign that the team gave you feedback about it. It means they care. Second. As a Scrum Master your job is to make sure things required in the Scrum Guide happen: The purpose ...
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Making Retrospectives Effective in a Long-Running Project

Mike Cohn blogged on this quite recently. His comments included trying out different retrospective formats and having a Scrum Master from a different team run the retro. Mike does emphasise that ...
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Should issues with individuals be called out in retrospectives?

I'm sorry to see that this has been going on for months. Did it ever come up in the retrospective? During stand-ups? Since it seems to be hampering the team I would have expected that one or more team ...
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