26126Re: retrospective to kick off Scrum roll-out
- Jan 2, 2008Hi Alexey (and happy new year!),
this is a really great idea because:
a) it focuses everyone's attention on the experiences of the 'old way' - and provides an
opportunity to knowingly learn (both good and bad stuff) from that process.
b) if you remind people that the retrospective itself is a fundamental part of Scrum and
that you will be doing one at the end of every sprint - it reinforces that Scrum is a
feedback and inspection based approach.
I did one at a client about a year ago and it really helped to identify expectations and
reservations pretty early on. We included everyone in a series of retrospectives - (the
architects, testers, business etc) and did a retro from the viewpoint of each of those
groups (how the old way worked for testers for example).
My advice would be:
have a tape recorder or video the sessions - you don't want to miss anything from these
sessions. Not as a tool for blame, simply to ensure you capture everything in context for
try to keep the discussion focused - be a faciltator and do not lead the discussion -
people will want to get a lot of stuff off their chests (concerns, grievances, suggestions),
but you also want to make sure you don't lose the focus of the retrospective.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Alexey Krivitsky" <alexeykrivitsky@...>
> Happy New Year, all !
> Has any one tried (or not tried for a reason) to kick off Scrum adoption
> with a retrospective session, provided that the project is an ongoing effort
> and has followed a non-agile process?
> I am about to help one project adopt Scrum and have an intention to run a
> retrospective after a Scrum intro. The goal of the retrospective would be to
> facilitate the team to figure out the main differences in the current team's
> process versus Scrum. Then prioritize the list and build an action plan for
> Scrum roll-out where the team is committed and is driving the adoption.
> Thanks for any inputs and ideas.
> Alexey Krivitsky,
> Coordinator of AgileUkraine.org
> Scrum coach at ScrumGuides.com
> Phone: +380 50 358 92 12
> Skype: alexeykrv
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