Powerful Retrospectives Self-Study

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.

The course is based on the five stage retrospective format described in Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. The course contains new material and tools that are not in the book. You can purchase a copy of the book through most online book retailers.

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.

Your Instructor


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.

Course Curriculum

  Gathering Data that Supports Exploration of the Focus
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  Choosing an Action or Experiment to Learn and Improve
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as its published - across any and all devices you own. I expect that to be a very long time.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I hope you will find the course valuable, as many other have. However, if you purchased the course from me, and are not satisfied, I want to make it right. Contact me in the first 30 days and we will figure out how to do that.

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