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Agile Retrospectives – Making Good Teams Great

Posted by Tara Hamilton-Whitaker on August 15, 2009

A really informative Google Tech Talk by Diana Larsen and Esther Derby, authors of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.   

For some strange reason, the Agile Retrospective is the most commonly ‘skipped’ meeting in the Scrum Meeting Schedule. 

The two main excuses I hear for not holding a Retrospective are:

  •  We didn’t have time – we had too much work to do
  • Our team is fine – we don’t have any problems

For those of you who aren’t quite sure…Agile Retrospectives are really Important!

The Key Benefits of Holding Agile Retrospectives

  • Improved Capacity
  • Improved Quality
  • Improved Capability
  • Improved Productivity
  • Higher Trust and Morale

Agile Retrospective Themes

  • Learning from Experience
  • Collaborative working
  • Self-organisation

 For those of you who haven’t got a copy of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great yet, I can highly recommend it. In the interim, take a look through an electronic copy of the book here.

This seminar elaborates upon the main topics discussed in the book.  The Abstract is as follows:

Google Tech Talks January 25, 2007 – Agile Retrospectives

 ABSTRACT: Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (also known as “post-mortems”) are only performed at the end of the project — too late to help.

In organizations where teams develop using iterative, incremental methods, Agile retrospectives at the end of each iteration or increment stimulate continuous improvement throughout the project. Exceptional software process and project improvement grows out of solid data and good planning.

Esther Derby and Diana Larsen, authors of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, will introduce you to a framework for effective retrospectives, provide tips and pointers for sustaining interest in retrospectives throughout the project, and suggest ways to maintain the relevance of improvement to the work of your team

Enjoy!

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Video Introduction to Agile and Scrum Part 2

Posted by Tara Hamilton-Whitaker on August 6, 2009

An Introduction to Agile and Scrum Part 2 by Robert Dempsey, CEO of adsdevshop.com.

The video clip provides answers to the following questions:

  • What is the Scrum Planning Process?
  • What is a Product Backlog?
  • Who owns the Product Backlog?
  • What is a User Story?
  • How is a Product Backlog managed?
  • What is Agile Release Planning?
  • What is a Sprint cycle?
  • What are the Sprint ‘rules’?
  • What is Sprint Planning Meeting?
  • How long are Sprint Planning Meetings?
  • What are Sprint Goals?
  • What is a Sprint Backlog?
  • What is a Sprint Burndown Graph?
  • What is a Daily Scrum?
  • What does’Potentially Shippable’ mean?
  • What is a Sprint Review?
  • What is a Release Burndown?
  • What is a Sprint Retrospective

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1min Video Introduction to Agile Retrospectives

Posted by Tara Hamilton-Whitaker on August 5, 2009

A 1-minute animated introduction to Agile Retrospectives by Agile Advocate.

The video clip provides brief answers to the following questions:

  • What do you discuss in an Agile Retrospective?
  • How long should an Agile Retrospective take?
  • Are there templates I should use?
  • What is the role of the team?
  • What is the role of the manager (?)
  • What is the role of the customer?

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