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Getting Value out of AgileRetrospectivesA Toolbox of Retrospective ExercisesLuis Gonçalves and Ben LindersThis book is for sale atThis version was published on 2013-12-19This is aLeanpubbook. Leanpub empowers authors andpublishers with the Lean Publishing process.Lean Publishingisthe act of publishing an in-progress ebook using lightweighttools and many iterations to get reader feedback, pivot untilyou have the right book and build traction once you do.©2013 Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders
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ContentsForeword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iPreface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iiiIntroduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .vWhat is an Agile Retrospective?. . . . . . . . . . . . .1Why Do We Do Retrospectives?. . . . . . . . . . . . .3Business Value of Agile Retrospectives. . . . . . . . .5Pre-Requirements for Retrospectives. . . . . . . . . .7Designing a Retrospective. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Retrospective Exercises. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14Asking Questions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17Star Fish. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20Sail Boat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23One-Word Retrospective. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26Car Brand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29Happiness Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
CONTENTSFive Times Why. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33Constellation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36Team Assessment Survey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Strengths-Based Retrospective. . . . . . . . . . . . .43High-Performance Tree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46Value-Stream Mapping. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49Retrospective of Retrospectives. . . . . . . . . . . .53Benefits of Retrospectives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56Adopting Agile Retrospectives. . . . . . . . . . . . . .60Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63
ForewordI started designing and leading retrospectives nearly two decadesago. I’ve been teaching others to lead retrospectives for at leasta decade. I’ve seen how the disciplined practice of retrospectivescan help a team. I’ve seen teams improve their practices, boostcollaboration, and make better products. Retrospectives can helpteams grow into empowerment. They can catalyze the process ofchange for a whole organization.I’ve also heard tales of retrospectives that fail to bring change.Sometimes, these failed retrospectives have fallen into a rut. Theteam repeats the same activities in the same order over andover again. Their habitual practice doesn’t spark creativity ornew thinking. Other retrospectives fail because they don’t allowenough time for robust exploration.Effective retrospectives help teams short-circuit ingrained pat-terns of thinking. They broaden each team member’s perspec-tive, and help teams think, learn, decide, and act together.In this book, Luis and Ben share the potential for retrospectives.Their advice comes from practical knowledge. They’ve learnedhow to prepare an organization for retrospectives and how tointroduce them into an organization. They’ve done the workof helping teams choose and make sustainable incremental im-provements. They’ve grappled with the pitfalls of teams fallingback into habitual thinking.

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