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!
Together with Luis Gonçalves I am writing a pocket book about "Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives".We value your feedback, so please let us know what you think of our initiative, our previously published blogs and which topics you would like to have covered in the pocket book?
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.
Retrospectives bring benefits to Agile teams, they help them to improve and deliver value to their customers and the company. This first article in the series Retrospective Benefits explores how you can benefit from retrospectives, by getting improvement actions that will be done by the agile team.
At the start of the 21th century I did my first agile retrospectives. I started with retrospectives to help a project to improve along the way, so that we could reap the benefits during the project, and benefits. My aim then and now: To enable teams and the whole organization to improve continuously.
Wat kan Scrum doen voor de kwaliteit van producten en diensten, en hoe kan samenwerking met de gebruikers zorgen voor een betere kwaliteit?
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!
Is het wel zo erg als er een keer iets fout gaat? Als het fout kan gaan, laat dat dan maar zo snel mogelijk gebeuren, want dan kun je er van leren. Creëer een cultuur waarin falen mag, samen op weg naar minder fouten!
A list of the success factors that helped organizations to get Scrum implemented and used, and to make a difference.
Having a "toolbox" of retrospectives helps you as a retrospective facilitator to deliver value to a team. You can plan a retrospective meeting, and think about the technique that you want to use, but be open to change it on the spot when needed.
One technique often used in agile retrospectives is to ask questions to the Scrum team. It's a technique that is easy to learn, but the effectiveness depends on the questions that you ask to the team. Which Questions do you ask?
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