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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

I don't see any problems with raising concerns that you are aware of yet don't directly impact you. There may be ramifications to your relationship with coworkers if they see that as breaking some ...
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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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How do I convince a team to follow the Scrum Guide?

Choose your battles carefully You mention you are new to the team and new to the organization. It will take some time before the team fully trusts you and your judgement. If that has already happened ...
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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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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

I agree. These people are asking you – privately – to speak for them anonymously, and you also feel that it is an issue worth raising. Therefore, after carefully considering (perhaps, with them) ...
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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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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

In my experience a retrospective meeting is a meeting where the team comes together in an informal setting to discuss how the team is working and what changes are needed for the team to improve, this ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

The struggle with questions about exams is that for many of these, we don't know what the right answer is. I know which I would pick, but I've read the scrum guide multiple times and can assure you ...
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Using Retrospectives to Influence Process

Successful Retrospectives are for Communication and Collaboration Setting aside the fact that at least some of your agenda items seem like they are intrinsically Scrum anti-patterns (please ask why in ...
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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

Don't raise it as a problem, instead raise it as a possible improvement. A lot of the discomfort in retrospectives comes about when there is a focus on identifying issues. This can result in blame or ...
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During a Sprint Retrospective, the Development team proposes moving the Daily scrum to only occur specific days. Not daily

I am trainer myself and I know that it is not helpful to tell right answers straight away. Training is not about learning right answers, but learning for your work life. I will give you right answer ...
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Manager no longer invited to the retrospectives

With no provided explanation on why this was done it strikes me as strange. Especially when we are considering that the manager is working in an active development role. He needs to be involved in the ...
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How do I convince a team to follow the Scrum Guide?

This shouldn't be about following the Scrum Guide or doing Scrum, but effective practices. Scrum is a framework that has been demonstrated as useful for a good number of teams and organizations in a ...
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When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective?

Discussing problems during Daily Scrum is perfectly fine. When a team member mentions some impediment you can stay right after the Daily Scrum and discuss the issues. From Scrum Guide: Here is an ...
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When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective?

I think it's generally true that the emphasis of the Sprint Review is on the product and the Sprint Retrospective is on the process, but that doesn't mean the Sprint Review is exclusively about the ...
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How do I convince a team to follow the Scrum Guide?

The fact that the retrospective seemed to take "too long" suggests either that the team found a lot of room for improvement in what they had done or that they didn't make effective use of the time ...
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How do I convince a team to follow the Scrum Guide?

Bogdan has answered this well and to expand on one point, I do feel the argument to flip the two meetings should be based on findings from previous retrospectives. Gather feedback from the team ...
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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

the answer is: maybe. In an old Team, the PO and I had personal problems for months. On a retro day, we clashed again, in a bad way. Cant remember what it was about that day. The Team thought we ...
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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

The short answer is YES, you should. The long answer is: The purpose of the retrospective meeting is to improve the team in any way (processes, communication, etc.) This is usually done in the ...
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When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective?

Problems or things which went wrong, should be raised in the retrospective. The retrospective is for the whole team internally. The results can be shared with others. The retro is the event with the ...
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When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective?

There isn't a straightforward answer to this type of question because a lot depends on: the nature of the problem. Is this a technical problem? Is it a product related problem? A problem regarding ...
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What is most important when preparing the first retrospective for a new team?

congratulations on your first sprint :) As you pointed out the team is still forming so there will be lots to talk about and having a structured approach is going to be helpful as it sets up good ...
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What is most important when preparing the first retrospective for a new team?

The Sprint Retrospective Isn't for SM- or PO-Driven Agendas It doesn't really matter if this is "Sprint Zero" or your ten-thousandth Sprint. The objective of the Sprint Retrospective remains ...
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Using Retrospectives to Influence Process

I'm assuming you are using Scrum. For a team that is relatively new to Scrum, the initial few retrospectives are more about learning to solve problems themselves than actually solving lots of problems....
1 vote

When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective?

When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective? When it's more effective. Scrum (and agile) are not very prescriptive. That's one of the biggest ...
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When to talk the problems we encountered during sprint, Sprint review or Sprint Retrospective?

In the Sprint Review, you show the customers (and everyone else that is interested) the product increment you have just completed. If during the sprint you encountered problems that caused you to ...
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Agile: in a sprint retro can I bring up a negative which isn't affecting me personally but I know another team member has a problem with it?

Does the issue impact the project in any way? That should essentially guide you. If it impacts, bring it up by all means. The very fact that people are discussing it privately with each other means ...
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How do I convince a team to follow the Scrum Guide?

"Step carefully, padewan ... You're new to this situation." Watch and learn. Don't call it "madness" yet, especially not within their earshot! ("Walls have ears.") Look for small improvements. ...
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Manager no longer invited to the retrospectives

Managers are responsible for what happens on their teams. My intuition in this case says the Manager might have been doing things in meetings that the Scrum Master thought was their responsibility. ...
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Manager no longer invited to the retrospectives

There are a few related points here: 1) There isn't a manager role within Scrum, and definitely not as a role within the Scrum team. (Obviously there may be managers elsewhere in the organisation.) ...

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