retrospective

Scrum Guide changes

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In November 2017, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland presented their revisions to The Scrum Guide™. The recording of the webinar is available on Vimeo. It is just over 55 minutes long. Here is a summary of the major changes: 1) Uses of Scrum The new Guide now has an additional… Read More »Scrum Guide changes

Snakes & ladders

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I can’t stand a boring retro. Doesn’t the thought of another session of happy face, sad face makes you want to pull the duvet over your head and snooze the alarm clock? So, whenever I’m working with a team, I try not to run the same retro format twice. Sometimes… Read More »Snakes & ladders

Sprint Reports

If I mentioned a ‘Sprint Report’ to most teams, I’d expect a response along the lines of: A report on what we did in the Sprint? That sounds a bit over the top, doesn’t it?! You’ll be suggesting I do a Gantt chart next! Although I’d prefer something tangible for users… Read More »Sprint Reports

Feedback loops

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feedback loopn. a circuit that feeds back some of the output to the input of a system When I agreed to run a discussion group on feedback loops, I thought that it would be easy: everyone thinks of the same few feedback loops, right? Wrong. Firstly, if you try to… Read More »Feedback loops

When words go bad

“Don’t assume your customers think like you” “Don’t assume your customers think like you” is my number one piece of advice for anyone starting a new business. It was one of the critical errors I made in 2004 that resulted in my first start-up failing and still holds true today.… Read More »When words go bad

Retro: the movie title still

Retro: The Movie

How good are your retrospectives? Could they be better? Do you have the opportunity to watch other teams’ retros? Is there someone who you can invite to critique your meetings? During my time at Net-A-Porter, I was lucky enough to work with some excellent people and we helped each other… Read More »Retro: The Movie

The best retro of 2013

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The prize for the most popular retrospective of 2013 goes to … my retro in a pub where we played Jenga. Thanks to my Marmite Voting system, I am able to confirm that the most popular retrospective by far was the one where we held the retro in the local… Read More »The best retro of 2013

Marmite Voting

If I had to keep only one team-wide meeting, it would be the retrospective. As well as being the catalyst for improvement, it is also the team’s opportunity to vent their frustration. In fact, raising issues is encouraged! Sure, the team has to go on to try to find solutions… Read More »Marmite Voting