- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: The Pragmatic Programmers; 1 edition (4 August 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780977616640
- ISBN-13: 978-0977616640
- ASIN: 0977616649
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
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Two of the software industry's leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives.--Dave Hoover Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.
Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don't have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful.--Johanna Rothman Author, speaker and consultant Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
""Two of the software industry's leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives.""
--Dave Hoover, Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.
""Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don't have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful."" --Johanna Rothman, Author, speaker and consultant, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.
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I’m a Scrum Master. I have encountered all sorts of outcomes, outbursts and out-of-this-world scenarios in retrospectives. This book was a lifesaver when I needed more ideas how to engage my Sprint teams. Every chapter has a take away. For example, in the very first chapter, a retrospective is described, start to finish, with activities included, and closes with a make-believe but real-world outcome. The authors offer a prescribed structured format that keeps people engaged, focused and ontrack.
The chapter on “Setting the stage” is a great kick-off to a retrospective that keeps your Sprint team members from turning into the undead. The game “ESVP” is when the team members say whether they are “Explorers”, “Shoppers”, “Vacationers” or “Prisoners.” It can be really telling where the Sprint team is based on their answers.
The book also gives advice on dealing with dominating people and toxic people. Ever have someone just start barking at people in a retrospective? I have copied the authors’ exact phrasing when speaking to someone who will not lower their voice. There are more great “go-to-phrases” when you are at a loss for words or don’t know how to respond to an unfamiliar situation.
The only thing I would add to this book is a chapter on dealing with remote teams. How do you keep people awake with the sound of your voice when they are an ocean away? Use real-time tools like google draw/google forms to re-create these games. It’s not rocket science to build a fishbone diagram online. I have discovered that any interaction with remote tools, even just voting “thumbs up”, makes a huge difference in the engagement of a remote team. And, can keep team members from impersonating the walking dead.
That is not to say that there are not some grand theories within.
Consider this book and essential field guide for those practicing Agile Project Management. Of the 11 on the PMI list this book is clearly a must buy!
Retrospectives! This is crucial stuff that too many people put too little thought into. Call it what it is: Probably the second most important meeting of your entire project/sprint. What's the first? Not kickoff! Funding, of course ;)
But seriously, any and all agile practitioners need to pick a book like this up and make your retrospectives empowering, celebratory, and constructive experiences!
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