Great little presentation on Retrospectives… and a bonus download!

If you are a ScrumMaster or Coach or Project Manager or Process Facilitator of any kind, I encourage you to become a master of Retrospectives.  I just happened upon this great little set of slides and presentation notes about Retrospectives by a couple of people, Sean Yo and Matthew Campbell, done a couple months ago.  Very helpful with some practical information, some great links… I strongly recommend checking it out.  My only concern is that they limit the scope of retrospectives too much.  I have a list of topics that I think can and should be considered in a retrospective:

  • Technology / tools
  • Work space / physical environment
  • Corporate culture
  • Corporate standards and policies
  • Teamwork
  • Work planning and execution
  • Skill sets
  • Interpersonal dynamics
  • External groups
  • Personal circumstances and needs
  • The process you are using

 

This list comes from a presentation I used to include as part of my Certified ScrumMaster course.  (Now, in my course I teach three specific methods of doing retrospectives as part of an in-depth simulation exercise.)  Here is a PDF version of the Retrospectives Module.

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Retrospective Antipatterns – Link

Great little article with four retrospective antipatterns.  Care of Esther Derby.  Thanks!

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The Value of Retrospectives – Presentation for Agile Edmonton User Group

I’m going to Edmonton to do a presentation on the Value of Retrospectives for the Agile Edmonton user Group.  Should be a lot of fun!  I’ve done many CSM classes in Edmonton (and Calgary).  If you are going to be in Edmonton on April 1st, consider coming out to the meeting!  See you there! – Mishkin.

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