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Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

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See how to mine the experience of your software development team continually throughout the life of the project. The tools and recipes in this book will help you uncover and solve hidden (and not-so-hidden) problems with your technology, your methodology, and those difficult "people" issues on your team.

Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (also known as "post-mortems") are only helpful at ...

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Overview

See how to mine the experience of your software development team continually throughout the life of the project. The tools and recipes in this book will help you uncover and solve hidden (and not-so-hidden) problems with your technology, your methodology, and those difficult "people" issues on your team.

Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (also known as "post-mortems") are only helpful at the end of the project—too late to help. You need agile retrospectives that are iterative and incremental. You need to accurately find and fix problems to help the team today.

Now, Derby and Larsen show you the tools, tricks, and tips you need to fix the problems you face on a software development project on an on-going basis. You'll see how to architect retrospectives in general, how to design them specifically for your team and organization, how to run them effectively, how to make the needed changes, and how to scale these techniques up. You'll learn how to deal with problems, and implement solutions effectively throughout the project—not just at the end.

With regular tune-ups, your team will hum like a precise, world-class orchestra.

The tools and recipes in this book will help readers uncover and solve hidden and not-so-hidden problems with their technology and methodology. It offers tips to fix the problems faced on a software development project on an ongoing basis.

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"Two of the software industry’s leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives."
—Dave Hoover,   Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.

"Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don’t have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful."

—Johanna Rothman,   Author, speaker and consultant, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977616640
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
  • Publication date: 7/8/2006
  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 257,090
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2006

    Excellent advice for those desiring more frequent, shorter, better retrospectives

    One of the challenges facing an agile team that holds a retrospective at the end of each one- to four-week iteration is how to keep the meetings fresh. When done this often retrospectives become redundant and team members often simply go through the motions. This is an excellent book that is full of so many ideas on how to conduct a retrospective that they will never become redundant. I really like how the book is structured. It starts with three chapters about the purpose of retrospectives, how to tailor one for your team, and how to lead one. A general framework for retrospectives is laid out (gather data, generate insights, make decisions, and so on). The remaining chapters delve into these topics and each presents a variety of ways to perform the step. I picked up some wonderful ideas in these chapters that I have been able to successfully apply. I¿m not a big fan of the grueling multi-day retrospectives commonly held after a year (or more) of work on a big bang-style, waterfall project. This book perfectly fills a need, describing how to run much shorter and more effective retrospectives on a more frequent basis. I highly recommend it.

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