The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams

The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams
  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480247871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480247871
eBook Description:

The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams

  • Best methods to prepare for a retrospective
  • Picking just the right materials
  • Facilitating retrospectives with ease
  • Dealing with common retrospective smells
  • Retrospectives in different contexts including distributed, large and small groups
  • A checklist for preparation
  • Ensuring retrospectives result in change

This book condenses more than eight years of experience working with the retrospective practice within the context of real agile teams. It offers you practical advice on how to make your retrospectives even more effective, including topics such as dealing with common retrospective smells, keeping retrospectives energizing, and how to make change proposed in a retrospective stick.

You can quickly navigate to relevant sections. Need to run a retrospective for a large group? There’s a section for that. Need to handle running retrospectives in a distributed manner or learn how to make the meeting most effective through proper preparation? There are sections for these too, as well as many more.

Are you running retrospectives regularly? Perhaps you run retrospectives once a week, or fortnightly. Do you feel like you could be getting more out of your retrospectives and fuelling continuous improvement in your teams? You may already find retrospectives valuable, but suspect there are ways of making them better. This book condenses down eight years of experience working with the retrospective practice within the context of real agile teams. It offers you practice advice on how to make your retrospectives even more effective including topics such as:

  • Best methods to prepare for a retrospective
  • Picking just the right materials
  • Facilitating retrospectives with ease
  • Dealing with common retrospective smells
  • Retrospectives in different contexts including distributed, large and small groups
  • A checklist for preparation
  • Ensuring retrospectives result in change

The Retrospective Handbook: A guide for agile teams

This book is complementary to other books on retrospectives that offer exercises for running retrospectives by focusing on the process. This book offers activities with concrete advice to deal with the variety of situations you will find yourself in.

If you could only pick one agile practice, which would it be? With retrospectives, you and your team could continually adapt your process to find the most effective way of working for you. Retrospectives, when done well, offer a good opportunity to initiate lasting change. This book shows you how.

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