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A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum by Matthew Ganis, Steffan Surdek, Elizabeth Woodward

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Chapter 9. Retrospectives

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

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Enterprise Scrum Teams have special considerations for reviews that small-scale, collocated, application development teams are less likely to experience.

At certain points during the development cycle, teams need to stop, look at what they are doing, and make subtle mid-course changes if the need arises. Teams refer to the way of performing this “self-analysis” as a “reflection” or “retrospective” (Kerth 2001). Scrum Teams manage change and risk by adapting. But to adapt, they must identify opportunities for change and decide if they should undertake them.

In essence, a Sprint Retrospective is a meeting where the Scrum Team ...

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