Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Retro Retro - Retrospective on Retrospectives. What Makes Your Retro.'s Awesome!

Retro Retro - Retrospective on Retrospectives. What Makes Your Retro.'s Awesome!

 

 

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== Apathy

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PROBLEM: Team members are prisoners.

PROBLEM: "We talk every day. Why do we need a Retro?"

PROBLEM: Low participation at Retros.

GREAT EXPERIENCE: Get to know a new team. Ask 3 questions. Examples:

- Past: Where was your hometown of birth?

- Present: Tell me about brothers and sisters you have.

- Future: Describe your next perfect vacation.

GREAT EXPERIENCE: Ice Breakers

GREAT EXPERIENCE: PostIt notes with Start/Stop/Continue

GREAT IDEA: Group discussions

IDEA: Circle of questions

PROBLEM: Interest wanes.

IDEA: Changing up the Retro so as to not be boring. How do you know when to add in games?

GREAT EXPERIENCE: Change Location -- get outside / at least a way from work space.

PROBLEM: Need honesty and engagement.

GREAT EXPERIENCE: Anonymity for safety.

PROBLEM: Apathy -- hard to get the team to start to talk.

PROBLEM: Soliciting feedback for Retro Questions.

GREAT EXPERIENCE: Lean Coffee for Retro

GREAT EXPERIENCE: Post Lean Coffees on the board.

GREAT EXPERIENCE: Pace Pallete (paceorg.com)

IDEA: Use silence to spur talk.

IDEAD: OKR -- Objectives and Key Results. "a method of defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes"

 

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== Conflict

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PROBLEM: Developers don't always get along and feelings get hurt.

PROBLEM: Confrontation @ Retros

IDEA: Resolve conflicts by asking "Why?" and keeping it positive.

 

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== Forgetfulness

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IDEAD: OKR -- Objectives and Key Results. "a method of defining and tracking objectives and their outcomes"

IDEA: Keep a log during the sprint.

IDEA: Scott Dunkan's has used a timeline with ticks to mark the days of the sprint.

- Developers put positive stickies above the line and negative stickies below the line.

- Scott says he's seen teams end up with abundant retrospective content when using this method.

- A side benefit is that you can see the "team temperature" by looking at distribution of stickies on the timeline.

IDEA: Create stories to track "How can we improve".

 

 

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== References

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BOOK: "The Agile Retrospectives, Making Good Teams Great" by Diana Larson

BOOK: "Agile Retrospectives". Pragmatic Programmer

BOOK: "Participatory Workshops: A Sourcebook of 21 Sets of Ideas and Activities"

PAPER: Five Dysfunctions of a Team

SITE: OKR (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OKR)

SITE: Pace Pallete (paceorg.com)

SITE: TastyCupcake.com

 

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