Join us on WEDS Feb 27 2019 from Noon to 1 pm Eastern
for our Virtual Meeting talking about Retrospectives &
where we think about what makes a good Retrospective.
For the announcement of World Retrospective Day on Tuesday Feb 27th 2019
( and while you are at it, bookmark FRIDAY May 10 2019
for National Definition of Done Day
where we think about how a good Definition of Done prevents Scope Creep and lets developers know they are done.)
Notes from the Virtual Meeting in 2019 ( Feb 27 2019 )
Wide Ranging Topics
Generally One Hour limit for Retrospectives. And noone wants their Retros to descend into B*tch Sessions , but so often it is hard for the team to "Engage" ( They are in a Rut )
So Everyone is trying different styles/formats of Retros.
But deciding on "One Action Item" to work seems to help - and put it on the BIG BOARD or BACKLOG to remind the team of it.
Do we want to mix our Team Action-Improvement into the User-Stories/ User-Impact? Generally Yes !
And then there is positioning it / talking about a "Flowtrospective" !
And there is the challenge of Distributed Teams - even using Video Games to build trust and rapport with remote team members.
Some use Tools like Quiplash, Scatterspoke - - but get a tool that every team member can add to
Those who Participated in 2019 ( in no particular order )
Notes from the Virtual Meeting in 2018 ( Feb 6 2018 )
Seeing "Risk" or "Trouble" during a retrospective can be very subjective.
Stock Phrase: Assuming we did all that, what do you expect to be different? What gets unblocked? How does your day change?
Engage, Listen, Confront = Clarity
Teams sometimes have Trouble getting to Specifics.
Other questions raised
Size of team during the retrospective
Good sound headsets for remote teams = more important than video
IceBreakers to start, like Pictionary of your Superpower
Agenda for a Retrospective is a Five Part Play . . .
Set the Stage.
Decide what to do
Conteneo.co Weave ( formerly Innovation Games Online )
https://www.christopheravery.com/blog/what-i-can-confront an article on how facilitating is Responsibility, which can be a little frightening.
Those who Participated in 2018 ( in no particular order )