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As a Scrum Practioner, what is your preferred method(s) for conducting retrospectives?
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For those of you practitioners out there that are scrum masters or prefer to simply incorporate retrospectives into your execution model, what, if any, are your preferred methods?
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Getting everyone together just like a daily standup , use postits and butcher paper and encourage them to contribute posits to "what worked well?, what did not work well?, what are we unsure about?" and pick the top 3 from the "not well" column to improve on in the next retrospective and try to clarify the top 3 from the "unsure" column in the next retrospective
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Mar 26, 2019 6:33 AM
Andrew Craig
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Thanks, Deepesh. Have you tried any different methods? Did you have success?
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Agree with points made by Deepesh.
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Andrew -

When I find my retros are getting stale, I visit retromat.org, spin the "roulette" wheel and find inspiration!

From a tooling perspective, I've used FunRetro...

Kiron
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2 replies by Andrew Craig and Wade Harshman
Mar 25, 2019 8:58 AM
Wade Harshman
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I came to say almost the exact same thing. You have to mix things up every once in awhile.
Mar 26, 2019 6:34 AM
Andrew Craig
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Great, Kiron. I also have used that site. There are several similar sites out there as well. Which ones have you found to be the most engaging or best received? Which was your favorite to facilitate?
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Mar 25, 2019 6:57 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Andrew -

When I find my retros are getting stale, I visit retromat.org, spin the "roulette" wheel and find inspiration!

From a tooling perspective, I've used FunRetro...

Kiron
I came to say almost the exact same thing. You have to mix things up every once in awhile.
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1 reply by Andrew Craig
Mar 26, 2019 6:35 AM
Andrew Craig
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Thanks, Wade. Absolutely agree. Do you have a favorite? Or go-to retro?
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Mar 24, 2019 7:54 PM
Replying to Deepesh Rammoorthy
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Getting everyone together just like a daily standup , use postits and butcher paper and encourage them to contribute posits to "what worked well?, what did not work well?, what are we unsure about?" and pick the top 3 from the "not well" column to improve on in the next retrospective and try to clarify the top 3 from the "unsure" column in the next retrospective
Thanks, Deepesh. Have you tried any different methods? Did you have success?
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Mar 25, 2019 6:57 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Andrew -

When I find my retros are getting stale, I visit retromat.org, spin the "roulette" wheel and find inspiration!

From a tooling perspective, I've used FunRetro...

Kiron
Great, Kiron. I also have used that site. There are several similar sites out there as well. Which ones have you found to be the most engaging or best received? Which was your favorite to facilitate?
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Mar 26, 2019 7:12 AM
Kiron Bondale
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Andrew -

my favorite retro approach is using Lego - having participants model something which illustrates a key learning or improvement idea. This doesn't work well in virtual settings but perhaps having them draw something and have others guess it (a la Pictionary) or have folks write Haiku might be an alternative :-)

Kiron
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Mar 25, 2019 8:58 AM
Replying to Wade Harshman
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I came to say almost the exact same thing. You have to mix things up every once in awhile.
Thanks, Wade. Absolutely agree. Do you have a favorite? Or go-to retro?
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Mar 26, 2019 6:34 AM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Great, Kiron. I also have used that site. There are several similar sites out there as well. Which ones have you found to be the most engaging or best received? Which was your favorite to facilitate?
Andrew -

my favorite retro approach is using Lego - having participants model something which illustrates a key learning or improvement idea. This doesn't work well in virtual settings but perhaps having them draw something and have others guess it (a la Pictionary) or have folks write Haiku might be an alternative :-)

Kiron
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some of my cynical teams (mostly the UK ones ;) ) would laugh me out of the room with some of the fluffier approaches to retrospectives - but I agree it's important to keep trying to make them fun and engaging, by mixing them up occasionally.
But the key thing for me is to foster the culture to get everyone logging good and bad as they find them, then reviewing as a team, this helps some of the shyer members get involved, if they struggle to come up with something to contribute

Carl

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