Tag Archives: retrospectives

Event Report: Retrospectives – Get Better at Getting Better.

It was a cold and wet night, but many people still made it out to participate.  Many thanks to Cara for facilitating this discussion into retrospectives and for sharing her knowledge and learning from her experiences.

The flow of the sessions was standard retrospective style.   The agenda was laid out and we got down to the business of group discussion.

We broke into 6 groups to focus on the 6 parts of the retro.   But first – the whole group brainstormed the outcomes and the key factors for a successful retrospective.

We then brainstormed in our six groups – each on a board focusing on one of the stages of the retrospective.

After gathering the data, we each had 1 minute per board to read the boards – and then to dot vote the board of most interest / issue to you.  Each person had 2 dots.  We dug into the actions board and then started a more general Q&A which dug into some of the other boards.

So what we generated for the stages of the retrospective are below:

Everyone learnt something new and many learnt a lot new.  Many thanks again to Cara for sharing her experiences and facilitating the discussions. 

We closed with a quick raffle for a ticket to the Cape Town gathering.  Congratulations again to Tania who won the ticket.  We followed this with the usual drinks and snacks for more discussions around retrospectives and other things Scrum.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Gathering next month!

Bibliography
Agile Retrospectives by Esther Darby and Diana Larson @ http://pragprog.com/book/dlret/agile-retrospectives.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink @ http://www.danpink.com/drive
RSA Animate overview on Drive is @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

Cape Town: Retrospectives: Get better at getting better

Join SUGSA Cape Town on 4 August when Cara Turner discusses Retrospectives.

When: 4 August 2011, 6:00PM

Topic: Retrospectives: Get better at getting better

Sign up: Please sign up here in order to help us with catering.

Venue:
Allan Gray Portswood office in the Presentation Room on the third floor. You can download a map here. Everyone parking in the Portswood parking area will have to pay for their own parking tickets. There is also parking available in Beach Road.

Synopsis:
The coolest idea across the Agile methodologies is continuous improvement – the real opportunity to get better at whatever we do, built into the work we’re doing. And the coolest tool for driving change and surfacing the potential waiting to be tapped, is the team retrospective.

This mostly interactive session is an exploration of facilitation techniques that stimulate, focus and energize engaged teams, offer fresh ways to look at issues and opportunities, and create the conditions for team ownership, self-organization and excellence.

About Cara Turner
I’m an Agile-passionate Scrum Master, and take the Prime Directive to heart through all the ups and downs of software development. Given the right circumstances, I believe all teams are capable of creating the best software there is – but getting to those right circumstances is the challenge facing most organizations. Facilitation has become a vital tool in my kit for harnessing the knowledge of those closest to the work, to direct their own meaningful change.