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Agile Retrospectives : Pragmatic Programmers : Making Good Teams Great - Esther Derby

Agile Retrospectives : Pragmatic Programmers

Making Good Teams Great

Paperback Published: 4th August 2006
ISBN: 9780977616640
Number Of Pages: 186

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See how to mine the experience of your software development team continually throughout the life of the project. The tools and recipes in this book will help you uncover and solve hidden (and not-so-hidden) problems with your technology, your methodology, and those difficult "people" issues on your team.

Project retrospectives help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. But traditionally, retrospectives (also known as "post-mortems") are only helpful at the end of the project--too late to help. You need agile retrospectives that are iterative and incremental. You need to accurately find and fix problems to help the team today.

Now, Derby and Larsen show you the tools, tricks, and tips you need to fix the problems you face on a software development project on an on-going basis. You'll see how to architect retrospectives in general, how to design them specifically for your team and organization, how to run them effectively, how to make the needed changes, and how to scale these techniques up. You'll learn how to deal with problems, and implement solutions effectively throughout the project--not just at the end.

With regular tune-ups, your team will hum like a precise, world-class orchestra.

Industry Reviews

"Two of the software industry's leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives."
Dave Hoover, Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.

"Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don't have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful."
Johanna Rothman, Author, speaker and consultant Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

"Two of the software industry's leading facilitators have taken their many years of retrospective experience and distilled them into an approachable reference for agile team leaders. For all of the self-made facilitators out there who have been winging it, this book will provide a solid foundation to improve the effectiveness of your iteration, release, and project retrospectives."
Dave Hoover, Lead Consultant, Agile Practices Obtiva Corp.

"Esther Derby and Diana Larsen have written the definitive book on agile retrospectives. You don't have to be an agile team to take advantage of their book; you only have to want to improve. Follow their advice and your teams will be more successful." -
Johanna Rothman, Author, speaker and consultant, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. xix
Helping Your Team Inspect and Adaptp. 1
Set the Stagep. 5
Gather Datap. 8
Generate Insightsp. 11
Decide What to Dop. 11
Close the Retrospectivep. 13
A Retrospective Custom-Fit to Your Teamp. 15
Learning About the History and Environmentp. 15
Shaping the Goal for the Retrospectivep. 16
Determining Durationp. 17
Structuring a Retrospectivep. 19
Selecting Activitiesp. 22
Leading Retrospectivesp. 29
Managing Activitiesp. 30
Managing Group Dynamicsp. 32
Managing Timep. 37
Managing Youp. 38
Taking Your Skills to the Next Levelp. 39
Activities to Set the Stagep. 41
Check-Inp. 42
Focus On/Focus Offp. 44
ESVPp. 46
Working Agreementsp. 49
Activities to Gather Datap. 51
Timelinep. 52
Triple Nickelsp. 57
Color Code Dotsp. 60
Mad Sad Gladp. 62
Locate Strengthsp. 64
Satisfaction Histogramp. 67
Team Radarp. 71
Like to Likep. 74
Activities to Generate Insightsp. 77
Brainstorming/Filteringp. 78
Force Field Analysisp. 81
Five Whysp. 85
Fishbonep. 87
Patterns and Shiftsp. 90
Prioritize with Dotsp. 92
Report Out with Synthesisp. 95
Identify Themesp. 97
Learning Matrixp. 99
Activities to Decide What to Dop. 103
Retrospective Planning Gamep. 104
SMART Goalsp. 108
Circle of Questionsp. 110
Short Subjectsp. 112
Activities to Close the Retrospectivep. 115
+/Deltap. 116
Appreciationsp. 119
Temperature Readingp. 121
Helped, Hindered, Hypothesisp. 124
Return on Time Invested (ROTI)p. 126
Releases and Project Retrospectivesp. 129
Preparing for Release and Project Retrospectivesp. 130
Including Cross-Organizational Perspectivesp. 135
Leading Release and Project Retrospectivesp. 137
A Retrospective at Every Endingp. 143
Make It Sop. 145
Provide Supportp. 146
Share Responsibility for Making Changesp. 148
Supporting Larger Changesp. 148
Facilitation Suppliesp. 153
Debriefing Activitiesp. 157
Activities Quick Reference Matrixp. 159
Resources for Learning Facilitation Skillsp. 161
Bibliographyp. 163
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ISBN: 9780977616640
ISBN-10: 0977616649
Series: Pragmatic Programmers
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 4th August 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 19.05  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34

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