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Agile at Work: Getting Better with Agile Retrospectives

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In this final course of the Agile at Work series, explore the singular value of conducting an agile retrospective at the conclusion of every sprint.

Designed to help increase the pace and quality of a team’s work, agile retrospectives utilize a structured format to gather insights, identify challenges, create a more agile mindset, and make a team more productive and successful. Author Doug Rose outlines the five phases of a successful retrospective: setting the right direction, getting all the issues on the table, gathering insights from the team, making decisions, and applying changes. He describes how to use a starfish diagram or PANCAKE approach to facilitate a comfortable and effective retrospective, and finally, discusses the importance of closing a retrospective with clear action items for the next sprint.


  • Retrospectives: Review and improve
1. Starting Retrospectives
  • Agile retrospectives: What and why?
  • Five phases of agile retrospectives
  • Choose an idea meeting place
  • Identify issues and ways to improve
  • How to work with a distributed team
  • Understand the role of the facilitator
  • Use the prime directive as the guide
2. Running a Retrospective
  • Encourage group discussion
  • How to use the starfish diagram
  • How to run a PANCAKE retrospective
  • Set goals using SMART criteria
3. Generating Good Insights
  • Use games to simulate reflection
  • The process of asking good questions
  • How to use the 5 whys technique
4. Closing Out the Retrospective
  • Follow up on action items

Taught by

Doug Rose

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