Agile Retrospectives : Making Good Teams Great, Paperback

Agile Retrospectives : Making Good Teams Great Paperback

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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 help 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 Esther and Diana 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 186 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: The Pragmatic Programmers
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  • Category: Software Engineering
  • ISBN: 9780977616640



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A good catalog of exercises for the different phases of a retrospective. As the title suggests, the focus is on smaller, more frequent retrospectives. If your retrospectives are becoming stale because you are always using the same format, this is the book to refer to. Also has a nice and quick introduction on how to prepare as a facilitator.

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Nice introduction to retrospecitves an the need for it. The first part of the book describes the process and steps of a retrospective and shows how to prepare one. Next the book continuous with activities (excercises) that you can do in the various stages of the retrospective. Usefulll, but it gives only a start. To do really effective ones, you will need a lot of experience that does not come forward well in this book.

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