sprint retrospective activities in agile

The article about sprint retrospective activities in agile method. This is very important process in the scrum framework and useful in practical work experience.

Sprint retrospective activities in agile

No difficulty how perfect a Scrum team is, there is always opportunity to improvement. Although a good Scrum team will be continuously looking for improvement opportunities, the team should set separately a brief, dedicated period at the end of each sprint to deliberately reflect on how they are working and to find ways of improvement. This happens during the sprint retrospective.

The sprint retrospective is usually the last thing done in a sprint. Many teams will do it immediately after the sprint review meeting. The entire team, including both the scrum master and the product owner should participate. Schedule retrospectives meeting for schedule to an hour, which is usually quite sufficient. But, occasionally a hot or important topic will arise or a team conflict will escalate and the retrospective could take significantly longer.

Although there are many ways to conduct a sprint retrospective meeting, always my suggestion is to conduct it as a start-stop and continue meeting. This is perhaps the simplest, however often the most effective way to conduct a retrospective meeting. Using this approach each team member is asked to identify specific things as

  • Start doing
  • Stop doing
  • Continue doing

There are many differences on this simple format. The Scrum Master can facilitate this meeting by asking everyone to just shout out ideas. The Scrum Master can go around the room asking each person to identify any one thing to start, stop or continue. Or, for e.g, the Scrum Master can ask everyone to focus on identifying something to stop this time because not much attention has been paid to things to stop in recent retrospectives.

After an initial list of ideas has been brainstormed, teams will commonly vote on specific items to focus on during the coming next sprint. At the end of the sprint, the next retrospective meeting is often initiated by reviewing the list of things selected for attention in the prior retrospective.

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