16 simple ways to explain What is Retrospective in Agile
16 SIMPLE WAYS TO EXPLAIN WHAT IS RETROSPECTIVE IN AGILE
Hi guys; lately I have been running a couple of workshops on the topic of Agile Retrospectives, and I have been collecting a lot of fantastic ideas.
All this work is based on my book, Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, which you can buy right here.
In this blog post I want to tackle a specific issue that I heard about a lot during my training sessions: how can we explain what an Agile Retrospective is to non-technical people? (Senior Management, for example.) This “fluffy” thing called Agile Retrospective does not say anything to them.
So how can we explain to Non-technical people what an Agile Retrospective is, and why should we do it?
What is a Retrospective? An Agile Retrospective is:
- is a team ritual
- is a regular and important time slot for the whole team
- is an event where teams stops and analyse their way of working
- is a place where the team reflects on how to become more efficient
- is an event that is used for reflection.
- is an event where teams look back and analyse how they performed
- is an event that is used to recognise hard working between peers
- is an event where teams find improvements on their way of working
- is an event where teams try to arrange new ways of working to avoid default thinking patterns
- is an event where issues are discussed without blame or accusation
- is an event where the critic is done on the working output and not on the people
- is a corner stone of any inspect and adapt cycle
- is a data mining event where the team collects information about what happened during the sprint
- is a creative event where the team generate dozens of different possibilities to help them to become better
- is a place where the team self-reflect about their own working environment
- is a place where the teams learn
I believe with this list you will have more arguments to justify to non-technical people the necessity of anAgile Retrospective. Hope this will help you.
Of course, this blog post served just as a small summary. If you really want to understand what an Agile Retrospective is you must go there:
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