How to Run Agile Retrospectives

——   Created by Will Jeffrey

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This class will help you to run productive retrospectives, and know how to adapt them to suit your team. When it comes to running a retrospective, you role as a facilitator, is in providing a safe space for the team to reflect on and discuss what works well (and what doesn't!) so you can improve.

Goal of this class

  • How to ensure the group moves at the same pace to share a common understanding, and identify problems
  • How to make concrete actions to address the root causes

You will learn

  • How to get everyone mentally present right from the beginning of the meeting?
  • Why reviewing actions created at the last retrospective?
  • How to create a common picture of the period considered for the retrospective?
  • Why deriving insights from patterns observed in the data?
  • How to develop an action plan to make change happen?
  • How to close the Retrospective decisively?


  • 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.

18 Lessons

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Phase 1: set the stage
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How to proceed?
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Phase 2: gather data
Collect data & feelings
FAW about gathering data
Phase 3: generate insights
Identify insights
The art of asking questions
Build shared understanding
Phase 4: decide what to do
Make actions SMART
Carry out the actions
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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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