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How to Succeed in Retrospective Project Management

Retrospective is an agile method that labels regular meetings to discuss past achievements and design future work plan with the team. The ultimate objective behind each meeting is to improve team efficiency and overall productivity.

However, not all retrospectives are fruitful. Sometimes, the meetings are organized to discuss the essential areas lacking focus while team was concentrating somewhere else. In this article at, Marco Corona covers some valuable aspects of retrospective project management to boost team performance.

A Take on Project Retrospectives

The idea is to cover areas of constant improvement using innovative methods at the end of each scrum sprint. The author suggests Same As, More Of, Less Of (SAMOLO) as the most ubiquitous retrospective format.

Keys to Retrospective

These five guidelines will help in conducting better team retrospectives:

  1. To keep your team future-ready and well-organized, have retrospectives or before the end of every sprint. This will help you implement the required changes in the next sprint. In case nothing works, at least let the team discuss the challenges they faced during the entire process to avoid making the same mistakes again.
  2. Complaining about what went wrong in the previous sprint will not prepare you for the future, discussing the positive outcomes can ensure success in the next sprint. Discuss the positive aspects of the project, who performed best, what was the best move etc., this will reinforce positivity in your team and will boost individual and team confidence. The team will perform better and be and be focused towards making the next project even better.
  3. Identifying the root cause of an issue That is constantly hampering project progress Is another good reason to conduct retrospectives. Analyzing historical data to see what went wrong and in which part of the cycle, can help you eliminate the primary cause of concern faster.
  4. Next step is even more crucial for retrospective project management. Instead of just discussing the major glitches, focus on implementing action plan to tackle the problems. This will motivate the team to keep experimenting and suggesting ways to improve the project process.
  5. Go back and review the previous sprint to see what action has been taken to fix issues. If no step has been taken to fix those issues, find out what was hindering the process and make sure action is taken. Assign the task to someone who would efficiently get all these fixed.

The author states that these five steps can make retrospectives more valuable and productive for the team. Read the original article clicking on the following link:

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