Re: [scrumdevelopment] Retrospective instructions?
- Hi Alan,
Alan Dayley wrote:
> I waiting for the "Agile Retrospectives" book to arrive so it may beYou should have purchased the PDF version directly from the Pragmatic
> the resource I'm looking for. In the mean time, I'm finding little on
> the web to help define retrospective techniques.
Programmers site. Not too late. ;)
> For example, many blog posts and photos mention doing a "time line"In my write-up, I tried to give a brief synopsis of each thing I did:
> 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. MaybeThere's the book you've already got. Bill Wake posted a good overview of
> 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?
some patterns here: http://xp123.com/xplor/xp0509/index.shtml
There's also the Retrospectives web site: http://www.retrospectives.com/
That should get you started. I believe there is a mailing list somewhere
as well. And if worse comes to worse, I'd be happy to answer questions
about what we're doing.
- --- In email@example.com, Ron Jeffries
> 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.