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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (August 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977616649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977616640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Two of the software industry’s leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives."
—Dave Hoover,   Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.


"Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don’t have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful."

—Johanna Rothman,   Author, speaker and consultant, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

About the Author

Esther Derby is one of the rare breed of consultants who blends the technical and managerial issues with the people-side issues. She is well known for her work helping teams grow to new levels of productivity and is recognized as one of the world's leaders in retrospective facilitation. Esther's articles have appeared in Better Software (formerly STQE), Software Development, Cutter IT Journal, and CrossTalk. She writes regular columns for stickyminds.com and Computerworld.com, and publishes the quarterly newsletter, insights. Esther is also a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) conference. Diana Larsen partners with leaders of software development projects to improve project performance, support and sustain change, and build collaborative workplaces. Diana serves on the boards of the Agile Alliance and the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, participates in planning for the XP 200x and Agile 200x conferences, and speaks at several software conferences every year. She's written articles for Software Development, At Work, Cutter IT Journal, and Cutter's Executive Update and e-Advisor series. Diana is a founder of the Annual International Retrospective Facilitators Gathering.

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The book is a really quick and easy read.
Carl Joseph
Diana and Esther give us both a powerful structure for facilitating effective retrospectives and excellent activities to slot into that structure.
Declan P. Whelan
I highly recommend the book for any scrum master.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Crispin on August 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
My agile team has used retrospectives for years and thought we were pretty good at them. The activities and ideas in this well-written, well-organized book take our retrospectives to a whole new level. Now if we can't remember what we did in the previous two weeks (it's surprising how poor our memories can be!), or are stumped for ideas on how to address a prickly issue, we can just turn to the book for a way to jump-start a beneficial change.

I had no idea there were so many different approaches to getting value via retrospectives. The activities are all simple, and illustrated with many figures and examples. Even if you're not very experienced at leading these types of meetings, the book will give you confidence.

The authors also explain when and why to do different types of retrospectives. For example, I hadn't thought of having project retrospectives for our agile team, since we already have iteration retrospectives, but now I can see how they can be managed for good effect. Most importantly, the book explains how to use the information and ideas produced in a retrospective to effect real change. It's easy to get complacent and not strive to do better, and this book will help your team be proactive.

The book's organization makes it a good reference guide too. Anytime your team is in a rut or having a problem, you could pick an activity out of this book to kick start things. I love user-friendly books such as this one.
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54 of 68 people found the following review helpful By R. Williams VINE VOICE on March 5, 2007
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After the first 100 pages, I was ready to give this book a single star. Then it made its way back by producing some stimulus in the center of the book, basically talking about some techniques for eliciting and then analyzing feedback (made it back to a 4, 5 is ludicrous just from the content perspective, this thing is thin in every sense of the word). But then, it fell back to a 3 because ultimately the many examples are laid out as if they were patterns, but there is little to no structure. Finally, the conclusion section goes back to some of the silliness of the beginning. What I am referring to as silliness is the constant enveloping of process suggestions with new agey psychobabble. I found that 80% of the time, this additional stuff was noise.

Ultimately, I was left convinced (as probably all who have done iterative could easily be) that retrospectives are a good thing, but a strong conviction that they could be done better than what is being espoused here. There are a few good ideas, and the overall presentation is good. That's all.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Norman L. Kerth on September 18, 2006
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Diana and Esther tell us how to make good teams great. It's not hype; their advice works!

From the first few pages we know the authors are speaking from their vast experience, sharing knowledge on how to install iterative retrospectives in a team's process. Their book is written in an easy-to-read manner and leaves nothing out: it includes examples from real retrospectives, a theory of iterative retrospective design as well as a number of carefully designed exercises.

I'm not surprised that the authors could make clear such a difficult topic, blending insight from a number of fields and writing specifically for software teams. For more than a decade, Esther and Diana have been teaching the techniques and helping leading edge companies from all over the world implement retrospectives.

This is a must read book for anyone serious about making the Agile approach work, and then work better and better. Why? Because an Agile approach deployed right out of the book or course is likely to be a poor fit for your specific environment. Agile needs to be fine-tuned for your teams strengths, skills, challenges and goals. The iterative retrospective is the widely proven technique to make these crucial adjustments. There is no better book on the topic.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David W. Smith on September 2, 2006
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Since Norm Kerth's seminal book on Retrospectives, development cycles have gotten shorter, and many teams have gone Agile. Where Norm focuses largely on big, end-of-project retrospectives, Diana and Esther close the gap, providing an excellent set of exercises that can be done in short periods time (say, at the end of an iteration), with or without a formal facilitator. (If retrospectives are new for your team, facilitation can help you get started. If you're going to do regular retrospective, you'll probably want to learn to self-facilite.)

The healthiest team I was on did regular, short retrospectives, both for process adjustment and to keep small issues from simmering and turning in to bigger issues. Regular retros can get repetitive; the exercises in this book can help mix things up.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Declan P. Whelan on November 17, 2009
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Does your team tune out during retrospectives? Is your team bored from weekly sessions of "what did we do well?" and "what could we do better"? This book can help.

Agile is really about building learning teams. It doesn't matter where you are at today. The crucial thing is to strive to do better next week. And the week after that. Retrospectives are the key tool we have to critically review where we are at and what we can do, as a team, to continually improve. Diana and Esther give us both a powerful structure for facilitating effective retrospectives and excellent activities to slot into that structure. The books is extremely well laid out with activities grouped into sections that provide concise descriptions of activities that you can use right away.

Using this book you can plan effective, fresh retrospectives in ten to twenty minutes.

Every agile team should have a copy of this book!
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