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Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives - A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises

by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders on Dec 19, 2013

About the Book Authors

Luis Gonçalves is an Agile Coach at Hybris Software, he is an experienced Agilist. Having worked in the software industry since 2003. Luis has also been an Agile practitioner since 2007, he has a lot of experience in integrating sequencial projects phases like localisation into an Agile framework. Some of the teams that Luis helped became the most reliable and productive teams within the whole organisation at that time. Luis is a certified Scrum Master and Product Owner. He has pioneered agile adoption at different companies and different contexts.You can find him on twitter or follow his blog.

Ben Linders is a Senior Consultant in Quality, Agile, Lean, and Process Improvement, based in The Netherlands. As an advisor, coach and trainer, he helps organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. He focuses on continuous improvement, collaboration and communication, and professional development, to deliver business value to customers. Ben is an active member of several networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He is an editor for Agile at InfoQ and he shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English). You can also find him on twitter.

This pocket book contains many exercises that you can use to do retrospectives, supported with the “what” and “why” of retrospectives, the business value and benefits that they can bring you, and advice for introducing and improving retrospectives.
Agile retrospectives are a great way to continuously improve your way of working. Getting actions out of a retrospective that are doable, and getting them done helps teams to learn and improve. We hope that this book helps you and your teams to do retrospectives effectively and efficiently to reflect upon your ways of working, and continuously improve them!

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • What is an Agile Retrospective?
  • Why Do We Do Retrospectives?
  • Business Value of Agile Retrospectives
  • Pre-Requirements for Retrospectives
  • Designing a Retrospective
  • Retrospective Exercises
    • Asking Questions
    • Star Fish
    • Sail Boat
    • One Word Retrospective
    • Car Brand
    • Happiness Index
    • Five Times Why
    • Constellation
    • Team Assessment Survey
    • Strengths-Based Retrospective
    • High-Performance Tree
    • Value-Stream Mapping
    • Retrospective of Retrospectives
  • The Benefits of Retrospectives
  • Adopting Agile Retrospectives
  • Valuable Agile Retrospectives
  • Bibliography

The authors will be releasing more exercises, How To´s, retrospectives´ advices and many other things. If you want to stay up to date, we suggest to subscribe yourself to the Valuable Agile Retrospectives mailing list.

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