REVIEW: "Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great", Esther Derby/Diana Larsen
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"Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great", Esther Derby/Diana
Larsen, 2006, 0-9776166-4-9, U$29.95/C$38.95
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%A Diana Larsen
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%I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc./Pragmatic Bookshelf
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%P 170 p.
%T "Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great"
Even after a foreword, a preface, and an introduction it still isn't
clear what a "retrospective" is, other than a review.
Chapter one contains some pointers on getting input from participants
in a meeting. Practical tips for meeting arrangements, in chapter
two, range from issues of timing to the physical layout of chairs and
tables. Chapter three's tips for leaders are full of jargon, but the
concepts are fine. Chapters four to eight provide various prepared
activities that can be used for getting started (four), gathering
input (five), analysis (six), driving decision making (seven), and
closure (eight). Reviews at the completion of releases and projects
are outlined in chapter nine. Nominally about the implementation of
lessons that have been learned during the review, more of chapter ten
is based on exhortation than on useful advice.
If you have to hold or run meetings and are new to the process, this
book has some neat tips. But nothing particularly significant.
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