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I waiting for the "Agile Retrospectives" book to arrive so it may be
the resource I'm looking for. In the mean time, I'm finding little on
the web to help define retrospective techniques.
For example, many blog posts and photos mention doing a "time line"
retrospective or using "mad, sad, glad" or some other thing
structures. But few, if any, provide a definition of HOW to do "mad,
sad, glad" or any of the other methods. Is usually "We used and here
are the results...," which is fine for the blog writer's purpose but I
want to learn the details of the "" part.
One of my weaknesses is a tendency to seek complex solutions. Maybe
retrospective methods are so simple that I'm looking for more
complexity where there is none. Is there a resource of outlines of
how to do these different retrospective methods?
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> Yes. I have some dear friends who used SAMOLO and loved it. I wasIt seems to me this has less to do with clever mnemonics or
> not as impressed as they were. For reasons such as you're referring
> to, and others, it seemed to me that important things just couldn't
> be brought up.
retrospective techniques (which are certainly useful tools) and more
to do with the fact that retrospection is not equivalent to
introspection either individually or collectively. A tendency towards
superficial examination of past history without a requisite amount of
serious introspection cannot have a significant impact on future
development. As with all things Scrum related, teams will get out of a
retrospective whatever they put in. The trick for the ScrumMaster or
coach is to inspire them to be more introspective individually and as
a group. I don't think there is a mnemonic or prescriptive technique
that provides that.