Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives

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AmazonRetroValueThe book “Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises” written by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders contains many exercises that you can use to facilitate 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.

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives can be downloaded from InfoQ and Leanpub. Also available as paperback on AmazonLulu, and Barnes & Noble. See also the translated editions, available as eBook in my webshop. More information can be found in the book leaflet.

An agile retrospective, or sprint retrospective as Scrum calls it, is a practice used by self-organizing teams to reflect on their way of working, and to continuously become better in what they do.

With plenty of exercises for your retrospective toolbox, this book will help you to become more proficient in doing retrospectives, and to get more value out of them.

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What readers say about this book

The book has gotten fantastic reviews on GoodReadsAmazonLuluScrumExpertAgile ConsortiumSoftwareDevelopmentBooksScrumage and Techwell. The book is also available for review on Shelfari and LibraryThing.

We’ve been interviewed by Thomas Cagley in SPaMCAST 282 – Ben Linders and Luis Gonçalves on Retrospectives and by Lisette Sutherland and Elinor Slomba for Collaboration Superpowers.

From the foreword written by Esther Derby:Ben and Luis offer guidance to help you and your teams make the most of your retrospectives. They have collected activities that will help you and your teams think together and spark discussion.
Esther Derby:  Co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

This is a book that I naturally recommend to every people that has to run retrospectives, but also to every project manager that wants to facilitate meetings to solve issues in software development projects.
Sofware Development Books

Handig, alles bij elkaar in een boekje. Heb ‘m meteen gedownload. Ben, bedankt!
Mary Beijleveld – Business Consultant via Email

Dovessi andare su Marte e portarmi solo una pratica agile? Nessun dubbio: la Retrospettiva. Da quella potrei ricostruire tutto un “mondo nuovo”! Il libro di Ben e Luis lo porterei con me!
If I was to escape on Mars and bring just one single practice with me? No doubt: Agile Retrospective. Starting from there I could build a ‘Brave New World’ from scratch again. I would bring Ben & Luis’ book with me!
Jacopo Romei: Writer of the foreword for the Italian Edition

@BenLinders: Getting Value Out of #Agile Retros – a Toolbox ” – Book looks great. I’ll check it out & share w/my team
Stephen Barr on Twitter

(…) if you’re stuck for those activities, hit this little beauty – Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders. It’s a really quick read full of ideas to mix it up in your retrospectives.
Adrian Fittolani on Scrumage

Don’t miss this great book: Getting Value out of #Agile#Retrospectives by @BenLinders 
Bruno Sbille on Twitter

Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives is a good addition to these other resources. Skim the book to get a sense of what’s there, and then use it as a reference as you plan your next retrospective. You may be doing well with the same set of activities you have now. But as your team progresses, you may need more options. This book will help you keep your retrospectives fresh.
Steve Berczuk on TechWell

Getting Value Out of Agile Retrospectives by Ben Linders and Luis Gonçalves (forward by Esther Derby) includes a number of agile retrospective exercise formats as well as a section on the business value of agile retrospectives, steps for pre-work and more. A great place to get a well rounded overview of retros and a number of exercise ideas.
Agile Retrospective Resources by Jake Calabrese

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More information about the book and the authors

Luis Gonçalves and I are both active bloggers at and On our blogs we share our experiences on several agile and lean topics including retrospectives.

Blogging is one way in which we share our knowledge, and it’s a rewarding one. We like the comments we receive on our blogs when people share their own experiences, and we love hearing from people who have tried the things that we write about.

Many readers have told us that they value our blog posts. We started thinking about how we could make things easier for them, by providing a small book on a specific topic – a book that they can carry with them that has hands-on information that they can use in their daily work to get business value out of agile retrospectives. These thoughts led us to produce this book about agile retrospectives.

We are aiming this book at agile coaches, scrum masters, project managers, product managers and facilitators who have at least some experience with doing retrospectives. They know about the purpose of retrospective, how they fit into agile and how to arrange and perform them.

During the years we have conducted many different kinds of retrospectives. We think that it helps when you develop your own personal toolbox with retrospective exercises.

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