Help Your Team Learn and Thrive
What Is a Retrospective?
Retrospectives create an opportunity for a team to learn and improve. It is a special meeting outside the normal rhythm of work, where a team can consider the way they are working— technical practices, collaboration with the team and with other groups, how work flows into the team, obstacles—anything that relates to team increasing their ability to deliver valuable products and satisfaction with the way they work. It's a time for the team to inspect and adapt.
Who Is It For?
This class is for people with an array of experience with retrospectives--whether you are a Scrum Master who just learned about retrospectives, a team member participating in retrospectives, have lead a dozen retrospectives, or want to move beyond "What worked well / What should we do differently" lists. If you want to gain confidence to hold retrospectives that help your team improve, this class is for you.
How Does It Work?
The course consists of short posts, videos, and downloadable worksheets and tools. The course is structured in eight sections that will be released over four weeks. You can start and finish at your own pace.
This course includes access to a dedicated Slack team. The Slack is a place to ask questions, bounce ideas, get advice, solve problems, and share resources. You'll have access to peers, additional resources, and announcements. This is the primary place where I interact with participants in the course.
I recommend that you purchase a copy of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. The course uses the Five Stage Format described in the book, and you'll find many useful resources there. It is a great starting point. The course also has new material and tools that are not in the book, including a section on remote retrospectives.
This fall only, I am including 4 live video sessions to answer your questions. Those sessions will take place on October 21, 28, and November 4 and 11, at 13:00 US Eastern time.
What You'll Learn
- Why having a structure for your retrospective is important, and why the one shared in this course works.
- How to choose a focus for a retrospective and why it is important to do so.
- How to use data to support team learning and problem-solving.
- How to choose actions that the team will actually do.
- How to engage the team in making your retrospectives valuable.
I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.
I started leading retrospectives around 1995, and in 2006, I co-authored Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great.