Spice up your Agile Retrospectives

  • Post published:November 18, 2014

In the mini-workshop Experience new exercises to spice up your agile retrospective #RetroValue that I gave at Lean Kanban France teams experienced three different retrospectives exercises. They learned how retrospectives can help them to gain deeper insight in their situation and came up with actions to deal with problems and improve their performance.

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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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Waarom Agile?

  • Post published:October 20, 2014

Agile werken kan je helpen om organisatiedoelen te bereiken. Agile tot een doel verheffen werkt meestal niet, het doel is om resultaten te bereiken, niet om agile te worden. Het is belangrijk om goed te weten waarom je de agility van je organisatie wilt vergroten en wat je met een agile werkwijze verwacht te bereiken.

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Dealing With Negative Issues in Retrospectives

  • Post published:September 9, 2014

Agile Retrospectives help teams to continuously improve to become better in what they do. As they are a learning experience for the team the atmosphere in a retrospective meeting is usually positive. But when there have been major problems in an iteration, maybe even conflicts between team members, then team morale can be low and negativism can occur in the retrospective meeting. This is the story of how a reader of our book on Valuable Agile Retrospectives dealt with negative issues in his retrospective.

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Waarde leveren met Agile

  • Post published:August 25, 2014

Op 1 september organiseren Agile Holland en het Agile Consortium de meetup Real Agile Delivers Real Value . Tijdens dit event worden twee boeken gepresenteerd: This is Agile door auteur Sander Hoogendoorn en Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives door auteur Ben Linders. Het 1e Nederlandstalige boek over Agile Retrospectives kun je nu met korting kopen!

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We’re shipping: Valuable Agile Retrospectives on Amazon and Lulu!

  • Post published:July 10, 2014

I'm proud to annouce that the second edition of our successful book Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives has been released. This edition is available in print via Amazon and Lulu and can be downloaded as eBook from InfoQ and Leanpub. It has also been translated into Dutch and published as Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives.

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Retrospective Oefeningen: Zeilboot en 1-woord

  • Post published:June 18, 2014

Agile retrospectives zijn een geweldige manier om continu je werkwijze te verbeteren. Ze helpen verbeteracties te vinden die er toe doen en ze ook daadwerkelijk uit te voeren. Ze ondersteunen teams om continu te leren en te verbeteren. In een retrospective gebruik je oefeningen waarmee teams inzicht krijgen in wat er speelt en verbeteracties te definiëren. Deze blog beschrijft 2 oefeningen: De zeilboot en de 1-woord Retrospective.

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From 0 to 1000 in Five Months

  • Post published:May 19, 2014

In December 2013 we published Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives: a pocket book full of Retrospective Exercises. More than 1000 readers have downloaded this book in the first five months after publication from Leanpub and many more have downloaded it from InfoQ: there are 5000++ readers worldwide of our book on Valuable Agile Retrospectives. A big thanks to all of our readers!

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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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