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Retrospective

Empower your Agile team to have effective conversations, discover areas for improvement, and generate plans of action.

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HOW LONG?
UP TO 3 HOURS
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WHO?
SCRUM TEAM
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PERFORMALISE
'Retrospective'

Getting Started

Take the time to reflect and improve

The Retrospective is the last ceremony of the sprint, giving an opportunity for Teams to identify improvements through Inspection and Adaptation; the team inspect the current (closing) sprint, identifying areas to improve and creating a plan to adapt moving forward into the next sprint. 

There are many variations of how a retrospective can be facilitated, but at its core, the ceremony should focus on reviewing and eliciting the following: 

Improvement Goal

A clear objective which is tangible, actionable and measurable for its success

Metrics

Using data to inspect (and celebrate) the effectiveness of the team, identifying areas for improvement and agreeing on how an improvement’s success is going to be measured.

Actionable Plan

A breakdown of the tasks and activities to complete in order to meet the improvement goal. 

Using a whiteboard or digital tool like Performalise, the team (facilitated by the Scrum Master) should add their answers to the questions:

 

  • What went well?

  • What didn’t go well?

The Scrum Master then facilitates the Retrospective items being grouped into themes of similar points to break down the areas of success and improvements.

 

The team should identify and focus on the most impactful improvement, which they then discuss and plan around the question:

 

  • What will we improve? 

The objective of the session is that the team identify an Improvement Goal, and produce a clear plan of actionable tasks, along with Metrics to measure the goal’s success; typically adding the actions/tasks for the improvement into the Sprint Backlog as a priority. 
 

Supporting the Team

It’s no coincidence that low-performing teams don’t like Retrospectives and high-performing teams find them invaluable.  Why? Because they dive deeper than the standard Retro playbooks to see how they performed. They create improvement actions that really move the needle. Without a framework, it can be such an unproductive session, but not with Performalise!

Performalise leads the way

Bring your team’s Sprint Review together in one shared space and collaborate no matter where you are.

Performalise makes sure your close out your Sprint with everything you need, from Product Owner and Stakeholder Satisction Scores to review of the Product Roadmap to keep us looking forward at the Product Goal.

Performalise is all you need to do great Agile.

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EXAMPLE: PERFORMALISE

Running Retrospective? Use the Performalise Retrospective tool to guide the conversation and capture your session’s output.

TIP: KUDOS

Give Kudos! Working in a Scrum environment can be challenging; ensure to focus on really celebrating the successes of the team in Retrospective. 

TIP: DON'T START FROM 0

Start with your Team Kudos from your Sprint and Improvement Actions that either you did or that remain in your backlog. It’s so much more effective than starting from scratch!

Applying improvements to your Retrospective processes can boost efficiency and have a significant impact on your Sprint—especially when you use the right tools. Performalise is designed to take what you do well, and help you do it even better. Start your next Sprint success story with Performalise