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Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives - A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises Paperback – June 4, 2014
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"Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives is a good addition to these other resources. Skim the book to get a sense of what's there, and then use it as a reference as you plan your next retrospective. You may be doing well with the same set of activities you have now. But as your team progresses, you may need more options. This book will help you keep your retrospectives fresh."
Steve Berczuk on TechWell
"This is a book that I naturally recommend to every people that has to run retrospectives, but also to every project manager that wants to facilitate meetings to solve issues in software development projects."
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"A must read for scrum masters, agile coaches and project managers to assure that their retrospectives get the attention they need to get the most out of them as well as expanding their toolbox."
"This is an interesting book to understand and perform Retrospectives for Agile Teams. Highly recommended for Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches."
From the Author
The text below is taken from the preface of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives - Second Edition.
We are both active bloggers at benlinders.com and lmsgoncalves.com. On our blogs we share our experiences on several agile and lean topics including retrospectives.
Blogging is one way in which we share our knowledge, and it's a rewarding one. We like the comments we receive on our blogs when people share their own experiences, and we love hearing from people who have tried the things that we write about.
Many readers have told us that they value our blog posts. We started thinking about how we could make things easier for them, by providing a small book on a specific topic - a book that they can carry with them that has hands-on information that they can use in their daily work. These thoughts led us to produce this book about agile retrospectives.
We are aiming this book at agile coaches, Scrum masters, project managers, product managers, and facilitators who have at least some experience with doing retrospectives. They know about the purpose of retrospectives, how they fit into agile, and how to arrange and perform them.
Having a foreword by Esther Derby makes us feel very honored. With us, many have learned the why and how of retrospectives from the book Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great that Esther wrote together with Diana Larsen.
When we started this, we didn't expect it to become so big in such a short time. Of course, this makes us very happy. We also think it confirms that retrospectives are important in agile. Every day, we hear about agile teams around the world that are regularly doing retrospectives. Our mission is to help as many teams as possible to get more value out of agile retrospectives.
Ben Linders and Luis Gonçalves
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For some exercises, the authors mention different options. For example, the car brand exercise could be done with using something other than a car brand to describe the iteration. You can adjust these activities to fit your team’s level of experience and preferences.
As you read about the exercises, you’ll learn things to be aware of, what the exercise might expose, so you can be prepared. For example, the value stream mapping exercise may reveal a “testing/documentation tail” or mini-waterfall disorder.
The book includes short exercises that can be used to open a retro and help participants feel more comfortable and safe. There are also exercises that should be done during the iteration, and then discussed at the next retrospective.
Though the book is concise, the authors take time to explain terms and provide references to further reading, including books by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Lyssa Adkins and Jean Tabaka. The exercises draw from a wide range of agile practices and frameworks, including Lean and Scrum.
The back of the book has some of the most useful material, explaining how to adopt retrospectives, good ways to introduce them, and the importance of having capable facilitators.
Try the exercises in this book whether your team is new to retrospectives, new to agile in general, or quite experienced with agile and retros but in need of a refreshing change. In my experience, shaking ourselves up with a new game or exercise brings out new observations and leads to important experiments for improvement.
But this...Is very well written and approach a lot off real things we found on real world, For newbies to agile or old folks this is a must see definitly.
I also found taht this book can be very handy to agile workshops by the real world exercises he brings.
A great non theorical book. I had recommend this to mall my team leader's
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We use ideas from this book at all our sprint retrospectives and would suggest that Scrum Masters and Project Managers facilitating Lessons Learnt sessions, should have a copy of this book at hand.
What I get out of it, is mostly some refreshing ideas on how to hold a retrospective. After a while people tend to expect the same thing over and over again and maybe even fall asleep a bit. This book gives you good ideas on other, good ways to hold a retrospective and keep everyone interested, even during some of the more difficult periods of a project. No, not every way to hold a retrospective is good at all times.
It also gives you some insights on the why and what and reasons to convince every stakeholder to have this important meeting.
A big thumbs up from me!
Many scrum-teams encounter the same problem when setting up the retro: the same kind of retrospective is used over and over again which is leading to the fact that the retrospective is not effective anymore and the teammembers are bored and not willing to put in some effort in it. Try another kind of retrospective!
This books offers enough practical examples to make the retrospective effective and enjoyable again. Don't expect deep theories about agile retrospectives, but if you're looking for something that will help you directly in doring retrospectives, this guide will help you for sure!
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