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  • Interview and Book Review : The Retrospective Handbook

    by Anand Vishwanath on  Sep 17, 2012 1

    Patrick Kua has recently published The Retrospective Handbook which provides practical advice on how to make retrospectives much more effective. In this book Patrick draws upon his 8 years of valuable experience with retrospectives in real agile teams.

  • Dialogue Sheets: A new tool for retrospectives

    by Allan Kelly on  Jan 03, 2012 10

    Dialogue sheets allow teams to hold facilitator-less retrospectives. They promote self-organization and encourage everyone to speak in the exercise. This results in great levels of participation in and higher energy levels in teams. The sheet itself is A1 in size, 8 times larger than a regular sheet, pre printed with instructions and questions to motivation discussion.

  • The Retrospective Practice as a Vehicle for Leading Conceptual Change

    by Orit Hazzan and Yael Dubinsky on  Jun 14, 2011

    This paper tells how we coached the adaption process of agile software development in a specific company, with a focus on one mechanism – one-hour retrospectives – we employ to guide team members realize the needed change and let them lead it. From our perspective, the stage in which team members start facilitating the retrospective sessions by themselves is a landmark of success.

Questioning the Retrospective Prime Directive

Posted by Linda Rising on  Feb 14, 2008

The 'Retrospective Prime Directive' is often used during retrospectives to encourage learning without recriminations. Here a group of senior practitioners looks at its benefits and difficulties. 10

The Secret Sauce of Highly Productive Software Development

Posted by Amr Elssamadisy and Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 14, 2007

Why do Agile teams get stuck in the just-average "norming" stage, never making it to the exciting high "performing" stage of team growth? The invisible "learning bottleneck" can stunt performance. 16

How To: Live and Learn with Retrospectives

Posted by Rachel Davies on  May 31, 2007

When we discard traditional SDLC rules, how should we work? Rachel Davies explains how teams can use Retrospectives to reflect on their process and to improve it gradually over time. 3

Good Agile Karma

Posted by Gunjan Doshi & Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jan 25, 2007

As we practice various Agile disciplines, the effects of our words and actions actively create, and re-create over time, the environment in which our teams and projects operate - for good or ill. 3

Book Excerpt: Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

Posted by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen on  Aug 21, 2006

Retrospectives are traditionally held at the end of a project - too late to help. Agile teams need retrospectives that are iterative and incremental, so improvement can start as soon as possible.

Book Review: Collaboration Explained: Facilitation skills for software project leaders

Posted by David Spann on  Jul 10, 2006

David Spann introduces Jean Tabaka's book, in which she shares stories and facilitation techniques to make teams and entire organizations effective, and provides templates to get them started.

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