Getting to the Root Causes of Problems in a Retrospective: five times why exercise

  • Post published:August 9, 2013

When you have problems that keep coming back in your sprints, you can try the five times why technique. It helps you to get to the root causes of the problems, and to define effective actions that prevent them from happening in future sprints. This is one of the retrospective technique that will be included in the Pocket Book on Agile Retrospectives, your feedback can help us to improve it!

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Feelings Matter in Agile Retrospectives: one-word exercise

  • Post published:July 31, 2013

A 1 word retrospective is a technique that helps if a team is struggling with the way they collaborate, or if there are issues which are not dealt with. All team members state in 1 word how they feel about the sprint, and a discussion is facilitated. It is an effective way for the team to discuss what is hampering them, and agree on how to deal with it and get it out of the way.

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Do Soft Skills Really Matter in IT?

  • Post published:May 3, 2013

IT is viewed by many people as being something technical. They have a vision of managers with lot's of plans, documents and spreadsheets, and nerds that are sitting behind their computer doing the "real work". It may be out there, but I don't see it that often. What I see are people working together to deliver software solutions that work, which help their customers in their daily work, and deliver business value to the company. Communication and collaboration are essential to make people and teams successful. So for me, soft skills really matter in IT!

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