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Agile Retrospectives

Book Description

Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (also known as "post-mortems") are only helpful at the end of the project--too late to help. You need agile retrospectives that are iterative and incremental. You need to accurately find and fix problems to help the team today.

Now, Derby and Larsen show you the tools, tricks, and tips you need to fix the problems you face on a software development project on an on-going basis. You'll see how to architect retrospectives in general, how to design them specifically for your team and organization, how to run them effectively, how to make the needed changes, and how to scale these techniques up. You'll learn how to deal with problems, and implement solutions effectively throughout the project--not just at the end.

With regular tune-ups, your team will hum like a precise, world-class orchestra.

Table of Contents

  1. Agile Retrospectives
    1. Copyright
    2. For the Best Reading Experience...
    3. Table of Contents
    4. What readers are saying about Agile Retrospectives
    5. Foreword
    6. Preface
    7. Introduction
    8. Chapter 1: Helping Your Team Inspect and Adapt
      1. Set the Stage
      2. Gather Data
      3. Generate Insights
      4. Decide What to Do
      5. Close the Retrospective
    9. Chapter 2: A Retrospective Custom-Fit to Your Team
      1. Learning About the History and Environment
      2. Shaping the Goal for the Retrospective
      3. Determining Duration
      4. Structuring a Retrospective
      5. Selecting Activities
    10. Chapter 3: Leading Retrospectives
      1. Managing Activities
      2. Managing Group Dynamics
      3. Managing Time
      4. Managing You
      5. Taking Your Skills to the Next Level
    11. Chapter 4: Activities to Set the Stage
      1. Activity: Check-In
      2. Activity: Focus On/Focus Off
      3. Activity: ESVP
      4. Activity: Working Agreements
    12. Chapter 5: Activities to Gather Data
      1. Activity: Timeline
      2. Activity: Triple Nickels
      3. Activity: Color Code Dots
      4. Activity: Mad Sad Glad
      5. Activity: Locate Strengths
      6. Activity: Satisfaction Histogram
      7. Activity: Team Radar
      8. Activity: Like to Like
    13. Chapter 6: Activities to Generate Insights
      1. Activity: Brainstorming/Filtering
      2. Activity: Force Field Analysis
      3. Activity: Five Whys
      4. Activity: Fishbone
      5. Activity: Patterns and Shifts
      6. Activity: Prioritize with Dots
      7. Activity: Report Out with Synthesis
      8. Activity: Identify Themes
      9. Activity: Learning Matrix
    14. Chapter 7: Activities to Decide What to Do
      1. Activity: Retrospective Planning Game
      2. Activity: SMART Goals
      3. Activity: Circle of Questions
      4. Activity: Short Subjects
    15. Chapter 8: Activities to Close the Retrospective
      1. Activity: +/Delta
      2. Activity: Appreciations
      3. Activity: Temperature Reading
      4. Activity: Helped, Hindered, Hypothesis
      5. Activity: Return on Time Invested (ROTI)
    16. Chapter 9: Releases and Project Retrospectives
      1. Preparing for Release and Project Retrospectives
      2. Including Cross-Organizational Perspectives
      3. Leading Release and Project Retrospectives
      4. A Retrospective at Every Ending
    17. Chapter 10: Make It So
      1. Provide Support
      2. Share Responsibility for Making Changes
      3. Supporting Larger Changes
    18. Appendix 1: Facilitation Supplies
    19. Appendix 2: Debriefing Activities
    20. Appendix 3: Activities Quick Reference Matrix
    21. Appendix 4: Resources for Learning Facilitation Skills
    22. Appendix 5: Bibliography
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