The power of reflection
During the sprint retrospective, the entire team inspects the iteration and decides what can be done to improve the process. The outcomes of retrospective meetings are communicated to all the members; and, the suggestions are incorporated in the next iteration. It makes the retrospectives a never-to-miss exercise for short-cycled improvement and modification to varied circumstances. Here, I would refer “Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises” written by Luis Gonçalves and Ben Linders. The ideal way to get the most of retrospective is to use the user stories describing ‘who, what & why’ for planning and tracking the improvements.
7 Key Benefits of Sprint Retrospectives:
- It helps the support team to identify and resolve the conflict areas.
- It helps the Agile team to improve the processes continuously by knowing ‘what can be improved’.
- It allows all the members to share their views for improvement with the feel of ownership.
- It provides the roadmap for ‘start, stop doing & continue’.
- It helps the project managers to keep the project on the right track by fixing the priorities and directions.
- It helps to identify the risk and problem factors at an early stage.
- It creates transparency and builds trust among the team members that strengthen the team spirit.
5 Stages of Sprint Retrospective That Make it Important:
- Setting the environment and the stage to make the team members prepared for Agile retrospective is the first step.
- The 2nd stage is to gather and analyze the data of previous projects to have insights in to previous actions. It helps to fix the quality benchmarks for specific tasks.
- The collected insights including facts & feelings are shared to help the team members address all the relevant issues in particular sprint retrospective as well as to find the most secure and effective way to proceed further.
- The tasks are assigned with fixed responsibility to avoid any misunderstanding among the team members.
- Each sprint retrospective ends with the acknowledgement and appreciation to contribution of each member.