How to Prepare for Agile Retrospectives

——   Created by Will Jeffrey

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Before facilitating our retrospective, we need to prepare a few things, such as who should take part, prepare the room, or make sure that the right material is available. In this class, I’ll go through all the necessary steps to do so. Never underestimate the value of investing in proper preparation. It helps you to run the whole event more smoothly.

Alexander Graham Bell: “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”

Goal of this class

  • Understand why two blocks of preparation time need to be set aside
  • Know all the necessary steps to prepare for the retrospective

You will learn

  • Why make sure that you’ve clarified all the important questions in advance?
  • Why make sure that the room is as well fitted out as possible?
  • Why make sure you have the right quality materials in the right quantity?
  • Why ensure that there is something for the participants to snack on?
  • Why make sure you have prepared a meaningful agenda with clear timeframes and activities

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 

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.
  • Look at who you contacted in the time fra

7 Lessons

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Introduction
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The goal
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The flow
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Materials
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Participants
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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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