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The Conference for Software Architectures
Munich, 30 January - 03 February 2017

Session details

Talk: Do 7.2
Date: Thu, 02.02.2017
Time: 11:00 - 11:45

Retro Powers and their Dangers

Time: 11:00 - 11:45
Talk: Do 7.2


Retrospectives are marvelous and always helpful! Aren't they? Ever had a team that did not love retrospectives? How comes? In this talk you will learn that retrospectives are probably not what you want. But also how they are eventually the best tool to get you where you want to be. We will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of retrospectives with practical examples from the authors experience. We will learn what you should be aware of while planning and facilitating retrospectives and how to support the teams self-organization.

Target Audience
: Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, Developers, Project Leaders, Managers
Prerequisites: none
Level: Practicing

Extended Abstract

In this talk, I'd like to start with the provocative hypothesis, that retrospectives are actually a bad thing. Why? Because they tend to take the responsibility for a *continuous* improvement process from the team. Ever heard this: "Oh, that would be a good point to mention in a retro."
But why waiting for a retrospective to improve stuff?
And still retrospectives might be the best way to get people on their way to understand and live this responsibility. How you might get there is the content of this talk.