Agile Retrospectives 101: Start Off On the Right Foot

——   Created by Will Jeffrey

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Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (also known as “post-mortems”) are only held at the end of the project—too late to help. You need agile retrospectives that are iterative and incremental. You need to accurately find and fix problems to help the team today.

Perhaps you’ve only heard these mentioned in a development context. But in recent years, agile retrospectives have worked their way out of development and into all facets of the business, from marketing right up to management. Anyone can benefit from the payoff.

By the end of this course, you should be able to start off your first retrospectives.

Goal of this class

  • Being able to start your first retrospective

You will learn

  • Why have retrospectives?
  • Why retrospectives don’t work for some teams?
  • What are the characteristics of retrospectives?
  • What are the benefits of retrospectives?
  • Why a meeting framework is necessary?
  • What's in the framework?
  • What processes does the framework support?


  • Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, Esther Derby & Diana Larsen
  • The Retrospective Handbook, Patrick Kua
  • Improving Agile Retrospectives, Marc Loeffler
  • Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, Sam Kaner 

The course project

Try personal retrospectives for two months

A personal retrospective is a regularly practiced ritual, during which you take time and think about yourself. The goal is to have one personal retrospective each week during two months.

Phase 1: Set the Stage

To get into this mood, find a special music playlist, to help your brain to switch into the reflection mode.

Phase 2: Gather Data

The easiest way to gather data is with the information sources you already have:

  • Look into your calendar what actually was planned. Occasionally correct the old plan with what really happened and add important unplanned events into it afterwards.
  • Have a task list, were you can check what were the task you completed in the retrospective time frame.

12 Lessons

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Inspect & adapt
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Why have retrospectives?
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[Start-stop-continue]: A simple way to run retrospectives
Why retrospectives don't work
What are the characteristics of retrospectives?
What are the benefits of retrospectives?
Why a meeting framework in necessary
What's in the framework?
What processes does the framework support?
An example of a complete retrospective
Wrapping up
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About the instructor

Will has over 20 years of Software Development experience with his last 15 years in the role as Project Manager, Scrum Master and Agile Coach Master.

He managed or facilitated projects of different scale, project size from dozen man-days to hundred man-years.

He has trained & coached hundreds of professionals, …

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