The Retrospective Handbook

Maximise your team’s learning opportunities by improving your retrospective practices

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The Retrospective Handbook

What happens when you have run hundreds of retrospectives in a wide variety of teams and organisations? Where do you go when you’re trying to learn beyond the basics of a normal retrospective?

This book offers concrete advice grounded in actual experience facilitating retrospectives in a wide variety of circumstances. You will:

  • Better understand the role of the facilitator and the trade-offs if you have an “in-team” versus “external” facilitator
  • Learn how to avoid common “retrospective smells” and how to keep them effective
  • Understand what needs to change when dealing with large scale retrospectives and/or distributed retrospectives
  • Learn what you can do during a retrospective to make sure that change really does happen after the retrospective
  • And more!

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Retrospective Fundamentals
  • Preparing for Retrospectives
  • Facilitating Retrospectives
  • First-Time Facilitation Tips
  • Distributed Retrospectives
  • Other Flavours of Retrospectives
  • After the Retrospective
  • Common Retrospective Smells
  • Keeping Retrospectives Fresh
  • Concluding
  • Appendix A: Retrospective Activities
  • Appendix B: Resources to Becoming a Better Facilitator
  • Appendix C: References

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