BenLinders
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Making Retrospectives Effective in a Long-Running Project
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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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Large group retrospective format
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You can define the topics to be discussed up front, based on data collected and affinity diagrams as you suggest. That would make it easier for participants to prepare. But you can also have the ...

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What is an Agile "Reflection?"
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I would imagine it is related to the 12th agile principle: "At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly". Reflecting is ...

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Should issues with individuals be called out in retrospectives?
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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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Is gauging a team's performance using scores assigned by other stakeholders valuable?
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It sounds like an assessment performed by people outside the team. How do you expect that the score will be received by the team members? What is expected from the team when they receive the score? ...

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Is is right if a team member moans about a 'bad performance' in retrospective?
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When team member start complaining or personally attacking other team members, the retrospective facilitator should intervene. This kind of behavior will damage the culture of the retrospective ...

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Cancelled project retrospective format
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There are two different aspects that you want to focus on in this retrospective: product failure and the work team members have put in. For product failure, one format could be a timeline of all the ...

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Retrospective - too many small and random problems. Death by a thousand needles
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A variety of problems may be caused by only a few root causes. You might want to dig deeper and find those root causes for the problems. Such root causes are often systematic, i.e. related to your ...

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Inneficient Sprint Retrospective Reports
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I'm not aware of any reports or research on this. But doing many retrospectives over the years I've recognized smells or antipatterns that cause retrospectives to become ineffective. A retrospective ...

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Why are sticky notes used in sprint retrospective meetings?
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If people want to prepare themselves before the retrospective is held, organize their thoughts, and think about the things that they want to bring up, that can be helpful for them and improve the ...

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Scrum Retrospective during holiday season
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Given that the holiday season will bring special challenges for the team (like an incomplete team as you are dealing with right now) it might be good to make that the topic of the next couple of ...

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Retrospectives only internal to the team?
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The purpose of the retrospective is for teams to improve. If there are external issues which hinder the team then I prefer that they are discussed in the retrospective. Even if they need to involve ...

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Planning a quick retrospective
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Wow, that's a tough one. Given how things went investing an hour to do an in depth analysis what has happened and come up up with the vital few actions would be my first suggestion, but I understand ...

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"Dead horse" topics banned at sprint retrospectives, is this good practice - why or why not?
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Censoring an impediment from the retrospective doesn't solve it. As it looks to be a major impediment that's blocking the team, maybe it's worthwhile to arrange a separate meeting to analyze the ...

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How should we implement and keep track of recurring or intangible retrospective action items?
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If it's behavior change, then my experience is that shouldn't take more than a couple of sprints/weeks before the new behavior becomes a habit. My suggestion is to treat them as any other action, put ...

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Toxic Retrospective in Agile Development
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If toxic behavior is happening in the retrospective I want to find out why it's happening. For me, this behavior would then become the main topic of the agile retrospective. One way to dig deeper is ...

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Should all teams hold the same sprint retrospective?
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You say half the team is offshore. Do you mean half of each team, or is there one team at the main location and one team offshore? In agile you can do retrospectives at the team level, and also with ...

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How to make a retrospective focus on certain issues which I have already identified
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It might be helpful to do an exercise in the retrospective to come to an good understanding why people are not pairing enough (BTW, what's "enough") and insufficiently collaborating as a team. You ...

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Retrospective: difference between gathering data and generating insights?
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The two stages require a different kind of thinking. They build on each other, together with the other stages, to come that actions that will help the team to improve effectively. Gather data is ...

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Should a Product Owner be present for all retrospectives?
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Preferably the Product Owner attends all retrospectives, this will help him/her to improve the way of working together with the team members. Attending technical discussion can increase insight in ...

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How to faciliate a retrospective for a group of Product Owners
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An exercise that might be useful to do with product owners is a futurespective as this exercises starts from a common goals and looks for ways to reach it. It think it appeals to product owners.

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Best method to conduct retrospective meeting for a MVP?
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The described context does give much specifics for the retrospective. As you don't have customer feedback, the retrospective should probably focus on the team interworking. It can be any format from ...

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What are effective techniques for conducting retrospectives for a geographically-distributed team?
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At the retrospective facilitators gathering earlier this year we discussed possible exercises for remote or distributed retrospectives. We conclude that, with the help with some basic collaboration ...

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What should a team do in the Sprint Retrospective when everything is going well?
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When things are going well and the team is doing good, you can look for ways to use the strengths that team members poses to become great. There are several retrospective exercises that I use to ...

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How to manage a situation when one team member doesn't want to participate in retrospectives?
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[Modified] As mentioned below, I misread the reactions assuming that not having actions done was the main reason for not attending. Below answer may thus be off topic, but I left it here as I feel ...

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