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Lead a Successful Retrospective Meeting in 5 Ways

A retrospective is an agile method that to conduct regular meetings, discuss past achievements, and design future work plans with the team. The ultimate objective of each meeting is to improve team efficiency and productivity.

However, not all retrospectives are successful. Sometimes, these meetings are organized to discuss the essential areas where the team lacked focus on. In this article at AgileConnection.com, Marco Corona covers some valuable aspects of a retrospective to boost team performance.

Break the Norms

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

Keys to a Better Retrospective

These five guidelines will help in conducting better team retrospectives:

  • To keep your team future-ready and well-organized, have retrospectives before the end of every sprint. This will help you implement the required changes in the next sprint. If nothing works, at least let the team discuss the challenges they faced during the entire process to avoid making the same mistakes again.
  • 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. Explore the positive aspects of the project, who performed brilliantly, what was the best move etc. This will reinforce positivity in your team and will boost individual and team confidence. The team will perform efficiently and be focused on making the next project much better than the last.
  • Identifying the root cause of an issue that is constantly hampering the project progress is another good reason to conduct retrospectives. Analyzing historical data to see what went wrong and in which part of the cycle. This may help you eliminate the primary cause of problem faster.
  • Instead of just discussing the major glitches, focus on implementing an action plan to tackle them. This will motivate the team to keep experimenting and suggesting ways to improve the project process.
  • 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 them, 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: https://www.agileconnection.com/article/5-tips-getting-retrospectives-done-right

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