Back in April I attended the wonderful Retrospective Facilitators Gathering in the equally wonderful Taos, New Mexico. During the final evening I recorded a podcast with many of the gathering's participants. The podcast took the form of an informal round table discussion and the topics included looking back at the gathering, externalizing thinking and group/collective learning.
Participants, in order of speaking:
John Martin, Esther Derby, Declan Whelan, George Dinwiddie, Oana Junco, Charlotte Malther, Simon Roberts, Diana Larsen, Josef Scherer, Grazyna Scherer, John McFadyen and Cyril Megard.
The podcast can be found here.
Back in March 2011, Christoph Weiß (agile coach at Allianz Germany) and I spoke at the Agilia conference in Brno, Czech Republic. Our well received presentation included the following topics:
- How agile teams are kicked off and supported through training and coaching
- The current state of agile at Allianz
- Agile in the Enterprise - why professional change management is important
- Key success factors, challenges and pitfalls
I coached and trained Scrum and agile during the first three of those four years and it was good to catch up with the latest news.
During the two days following the conference we taught a Certified ScrumMaster class in Brno. The class was a lot of fun and received great reviews from the participants.
Slides from the presentation are now available for download here.
As Scrum practitioners, we are used to short and sharp retrospectives at the end of each Sprint. Sprint retrospectives, taking 1-2 hours, can yield valuable results, enabling the Scrum team to improve its process. Typically these retrospectives yield lots of ideas, which are then prioritised and only the top 2-3 are actually actioned.
I If we only hold short retrospectives, we may be missing out on discovering further ways to optimise our work. A longer retrospective, at the end of a release or other milestone, enables problems and solutions to be explored in more detail.
In this article, I describe a 2-day retrospective that a client asked me to facilitate.
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Cartoon Story Board (also called Comic Story Board) is one of my favourite creativity techniques and it can be used to good effect in retrospectives. I have used it in the "setting the stage" phase of retrospectives to help a team to frame the key question to be tackled during the retrospective, and for helping to generate ideas when deciding what to do differently in the future.