Guest blog: Many Faces of Jack Sparrow – Agile Retrospective Exercise

  • Post published:October 29, 2016

Agile retrospectives can be done in many different way, the Many Faces of Jack Sparrow is one example how to do them. I love it when people design new exercises that help people to reflect and learn, specially those exercises that help to explore and discuss feelings in teams. Here's a guest blog post on BenLinders.com from Corey Scholefield and Selina McGinnis in which they share their experiences from doing a retrospective exercise called Many Faces of Jack Sparrow.

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Guest blog: 4 Reasons to Focus on Scrum for the Success of Distributed Teams

  • Post published:April 11, 2016

I met Hugo Messer a couple of years ago, when I connected with Bridge Global who started publishing guest posts from me. We talked about working with remote teams to find out that our thoughts on this are quite similar. In this guest post Hugo explores how Scrum can help distributed software development teams.

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Guest blog: Retrospective Doughnut! A fun way to measure team’s response to Retrospectives.

  • Post published:April 2, 2015

Retrospective Doughnuts can be used to make the adoption rate of retrospectives and the value that they deliver visible. This support organizations in using retrospectives to establish a routine feedback loop leading to continuous improvement. A guest blog post from Mukyul Vyas.

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Guest blog: Classifying Retrospectives to get the best of it

  • Post published:December 22, 2014

Retrospective is a special time dedicated to analyse the strength and weakness of the teamwork process. There is already some well known tools used to animate this meeting and we tend to use often the same kind of exercise, which can lead to demotivation among the team members and to the feeling of not being able to improve anything anymore. We need to go back to the initial goal of the retrospective : getting better together, by using the collective intelligence and by ensuring the involvement of every team member as much in the creative process as in its application.

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Guest blog: Retrospectives with Wordles

  • Post published:November 13, 2014

There is a danger with retrospectives that teams will end up just going through the motions and not use the valuable material to identify whether the actions agreed at the end of the retrospective are actually making an impact on the team’s capability to improve. Furthermore, the chances are that in a multi-team environment, there are common themes raised that if highlighted early, can aid a new team when starting up – learn from others misfortune! Following the Agile philosophy of transparency, here at the UK Ministry of Justice we have been using Wordles to really get the key messages across in a clear manner.

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Guest blog: Making Retrospectives Interesting

  • Post published:May 17, 2014

The key Scrum ceremony that helps the team reflect on its behaviour is the retrospective. In my view, this is not any new concept or jargon the team needs to master -- but yes, in reality it sometimes becomes challenging to keep the momentum lively at all times! Let us look at the reasons why this happens and discuss a few ideas for making these meetings effective.

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Gastblog: “Ze” doen niet wat de bedoeling is, wat nu?

  • Post published:April 10, 2014

Veranderingen zijn volop gaande in zowat elke organisatie, van kleine veranderingen in werkwijzen tot aan meer fundamentele verandering in houding en gedrag. Dergelijke veranderingen vragen om een lerende organisatie, waar wenbaarheid en aanpassing aan nieuwe omstandigheden centraal staat. In deze gastblog laat Eveline Jansen zien wat leidinggevenden kunnen doen om hun mensen makkelijker door verandering te loodsen, door slim gebruik te maken van de werking van het brein.

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