How to Facilitate Agile Retrospectives

——   Created by Will Jeffrey

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You don’t need to be a professional facilitator to lead an iteration retrospective, but you do need basic facilitation skills. To learn the skills, you need to understand the role, practice, and seek feedback.

As a retrospective facilitator you may follow the content, but your primary responsibility is the process. Retrospective leaders focus on the process and structure of the retrospective. They attend to the needs and dynamics of the group and help the group reach a goal. Retrospective leaders remain neutral in discussions, even when they have strong opinions.

Goals of this class

  • How to manage activities, group dynamics, time, and yourself
  • Know Facilitation techniques to lead the group so that they reach the goal

You will learn

  • Why explain the purpose of an activity before to begin?
  • What is the four-step debrief method?
  • How to make sure people who have something to say have the chance?
  • How to make sure people who have a lot to say don’t dominate?
  • How to stay within the timebox?
  • How not to be overwhelmed by interpersonal dynamics?

References

  • 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 

25 Lessons

0:01:10
Introduction
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0:02:36
Managing activities: introduce
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0:01:03
Managing activities: monitor
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0:01:51
Managing activities: debrief
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0:02:39
Managing group dynamics: eliciting participating
0:01:14
Managing group dynamics: moderating interactions
0:02:06
Managing group dynamics: moderating reproach
0:00:50
Managing group dynamics: moderating disrespect
0:01:37
Managing group dynamics: moderating pain
0:01:41
Managing group dynamics: listening skillfully
0:04:40
Managing group dynamics: listening skillfully - confirm your understanding
0:01:45
Managing group dynamics: listening skillfully - drawing people out
0:01:56
Managing group dynamics: listening skillfully - validating
0:02:08
Managing group dynamics: listening skillfully - linking
0:01:50
Managing group dynamics: listening skillfully - acknowledging feelings
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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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