Intro to RetrospectivesRetrospectives are a critical tool for teams to reflect on their performance and improve their processes. They provide a safe space for open communication and feedback, leading to increased team cohesion and productivity.
- How to Run an Agile Retrospective Meeting with ExamplesThis article explains what is a retrospective meeting, why you want to have them, and how to run one. The how-to section covers prep work and 4 steps during the meeting, including tips, anti-patterns to avoid, and alternate approaches.
Retrospective Format VariantsThere are several retrospective format variants, including the classic "What Went Well/What Didn't Go Well" and the more structured "Lean Coffee." Each variant has its advantages and disadvantages, and teams should choose the format that best suits their needs and goals.
- Continue, Stop, Start: a new take on retrospectivesWhile the standard retro structures thoughts into "What went well?" versus "What needs improvement?", the approach of "Continue, Stop, Start" might yield a creative brainstorm that also takes into account the tradeoffs of launching new processes.
- How we do large scale retrospectivesRetrospectives were originally designed for a single team; but what is the best way learnings from big, complex, multi-site efforts involving dozens of teams? The team at Spotify developed an approach designed to solve this problem.
- GitLab Team Retrospective ProcessGitLab's teams follow a pretty standard retrospective. They also came up with a process for how to scale retrospectives across teams by introducing a "retrospective of retrospectives" process.