Inject Purpose Into Retrospectives

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Last week I talked about “Spicing up you retrospective” at the ALE2012. I did a similar talk in June at the ACE!Conference in Krakow. But after the talk in Krakow I had a chat with Bob Marshall and he pointed out that fun isn’t the (only) answer to make retrospectives better. He also pointed me to a blog post were he wrote about these issues. So, the following article is mainly based on his ideas.

Retrospective Challenges

For me, there are two main retrospective challenges:

  • Create a motivating environment and keep the people them engaged
  • Work on the identified items

This blog post has been moved to marcloeffler.eu.

 

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Inject Purpose Into Retrospectives”

  1. It’s really great how you described it!
    I’ve been using a very similar approach for a long time, but didn’t manage to conceptualize I was actually adding new phases to the approach suggested by “Agile retrospectives” book. And wouldn’t have been able to put it so nicely as well :o)
    However I think I’m doing also something more: besides checking if the action we tried was effective and actually satified the hypothesis, we also check whether the action was only a “one shot” action or we need to systemize something in our process, so that a sustained benefit is achieved.

    1. Thanks for your comment. I like the idea of checking if it was only a “one-shot” or if the team needs to do more. IMHO you always have to look if you’re only working on the symptoms instead of the real root cause.

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